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Thomas Allen Hogarth was born in Free Street in Leyland on the 30th September 1893 the only child of William and Alice Hogarth (nee Hill). His father was originally from Brierfield in East Lancashire and his mother hailed from Kirkheaton in Yorkshire, the daughter of Allen Hill, professional cricketer. Thomas` parents married in St. Andrew`s Church in Leyland on the 17th September 1892.

According to his obituary in the Lancashire Evening Post, Thomas` maternal grandfather Allen Hill had his first professional cricket match with Dewsbury, later joining the Mirfield Club. Then in 1864 was a professional at Stoneyhurst College and went from there to Old Trafford and then on to Burnley. In 1871 he was called up for his first match for Yorkshire in a match at the Oval against Surrey, becoming a regular for Yorkshire County for the best part of 12 years.

He was also a member of the Lilywhite`s cricket team in 1876-77, the 4th English team to visit Australia, The England`s Lilywhite`s team so named because of the captain James Lilywhite who had organised the team of professional cricketers and had arranged the tour. His career in 1st class cricket ended in 1883 when he broke his collar bone after colliding with a wicket keeper. He then joined the staff at Leyland Cricket Club, later becoming a coach and for the next 17 years became a familiar figure on the Fox Lane Cricket Ground in Leyland, he died at 12 Fox Lane in Leyland in 1910 and was buried in St. Andrew`s Churchyard.

At some point after Thomas was born his parents left Leyland and moved to Farnworth near Bolton and the Census of 1901 shows them living at 118 Cawdor Street where his father was a `mill minder`. The family then moved to 45 Edward Street, Moses Gate in Farnworth and by 1911 Thomas was employed as a porter on the Lancs & Yorks railway.

Thomas, a single man, enlisted into the Army at Bolton in September 1914, joining the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and he was posted to the 10th Battalion LNL with the service number 15793 He sailed to France with the main body of the 10th Battalion on the 31st July 1915, the Battalion coming under the Command of 112th Brigade of 37th Division. At some point during his service Thomas attained the rank of Corporal.

Around the middle of August 1915 the 37th Division was transferred to the recently formed Third Army under the Command of General C. Munro. Later in the month the Battalion went by train into the neighbourhood of Doullens where the Division came into the area of VII Corps, commanded by Lieut-General Sir T. Snow. For the next few months the Battalion alternated between trenches and billets in and around Hannescamps and Humbercamps. The area was a low lying one and after periods of heavy rain the trenches soon filled with water and became difficult to drain, the men found themselves having to spend most of the time repairing and rebuilding the trenches whilst at the same time dodging snipers bullets and the occasional shrapnel. Still in the same area in March 1916 the Battalion left their billets to relieve the 8th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment in the trenches at Fonquevillers, relief taking place on the 12th of the month. Sadly, four days later Corporal Thomas Allen Hogarth was killed in action, his date of death recorded as 16th March 1916.

Thomas was laid to rest in Bienvillers Military Cemetery not far from where he was killed, his parents had the following words inscribed on his headstone;

“THE HIGHEST SACRIFICE

HE MADE  

 HIS DUTY NOBLY DONE

THY WILL BE DONE”

Photo taken July 1916

After the war Thomas` parents would have received their sons` 1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals that he was entitled to and would also have received his Memorial Plaque and Scroll in recognition of his sacrifice.

Rank: Corporal
Service No: 15793
Date of Death: 16/03/1916
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 10th Bn.
Cemetery: BIENVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY

Janet Davis

Janet Davis

Janet Davis has been researching her family history for many years and through this she discovered many relatives who served in WW1. This interest then led Janet to do many walking the battlefield tours with her husband. In April 2013 she discovered this website and volunteered to help. Janet believes that there are lots of stories still to be told, most of them very sad but at the same time they are a fascinating insight into the men, their families, what they did and where they came from.
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