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Henry Tomlinson was born in Preston in the third quarter of 1893. His father was named William and his mother Mary. Henry had two younger brothers Joseph and William, and two sisters Margaret and Lily.

Henry enlisted in the Army Reserve (Special Reservists) on 4th December 1911 and was posted into the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was 18 years 6 months old and was working as a Lap Piecer/Card Room Hand at Arkwright Mill.

At his enlistment medical the medical officer recorded that Henry was 5ft 7in tall and weighed 114lbs. He had blue eyes and light brown hair. Henry had a small circular scar on his left hip.

He attained his Certificate of Education in December 1911.

On 8th August 1914 Henry was mobilised into the 1st Battalion and was appointed Lance Corporal. He reverted to the rank of Private ‘at his own request’ on 9th October 1914.

LCpl Tomlinson landed in France between 11th and 15th September 1914. Less than two months later he was being treated at No 10 General Hospital for being ‘slightly’ wounded on 01 November 1914.

On 4th September 1915 Henry sustained gunshot wounds to his shoulder, back and left leg. He was sent to 2nd General Hospital in La Havre but succumbed to these wounds on 7th September 1915.

News of his death was reported in local newspapers at the end of that month.

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser 

Loyal North Lancashire Regiment: – 1st Battalion: Tomlinson (1847) H.


Private Henry Tomlinson was buried in Ste. Marie Cemetery, La Havre.

Rank: Private
Service No: 1847
Date of Death: 07/09/1915
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

His personal effects were sent to his father;

  • 1 x Gospel of John
  • 1 x Belt
  • 1 x Watch
  • 1 x Greeting Card

William later took receipt of his late son’s 1914 Star with clasp and roses; British War Medal and Victory Medal. He would also have received the memorial plaque and scroll.

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