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Thomas Ollerton married Catherine (Kate) Taylor on 16th April 1904 at Chorley.  They had one daughter they named Alice Ann (b. 25/09/1904) and lived at 33 Spendmore Lane, Coppull.

Thomas Ollerton enlisted in the Army on 14th September 1914 at Chorley. He was posted into the newly raised 8th (Service) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment with the number 15099.

At the time of his enlistment he was 30 years and 3 months old and for the last 6 years had been working as a miner for Birkacre Colliery Company in Coppull. He had no previous military experience.

At his medical the officer described him as 5ft 8.5in tall and weighing 153lbs. He had blue eyes, brown hair and was of fresh complexion.

Thomas sailed to France with the 9th (Service) Battalion on 25th September 1915, his daughters 11th Birthday. Once in France he transferred back to his original Battalion, the 8th.

On 22nd May 1916 he received minor wounds (no further details) but this did not keep him out of action long. On 12th July 1916 on the Somme, he sustained a gun shot wound to the head and a bayonet wound to his leg.

Two days later, 14th July 1916, Thomas was sent back to England to the War Hospital in Stratford-on-avon.

In November 1916 he was requested to attend a medical board and was discharged to ‘Class P’ reserve by the end of the year. His address on discharge was 10 Hindley Street, Chorley. Thomas Ollerton had served a total of two years and 96 days in the Army, his character throughout was deemed ‘very good’.

Within a week of his discharge, 21st December 1916 he wrote to the Army requesting a Silver War Badge;

T. Ollerton, 15099 of the Loyal North Lancs Reg. Will you please send me one of those Army Badges that show I have been temporary discharged with a pension for six months. If I am entitled to one.

Please oblige

(signed)

Thomas Ollerton was issued the Silver War Badge and Certificate on 26th April 1917, and in the early 1920s received the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory medal in respect of his War Service.

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