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Thomas Anderton was born in Preston in 1897 and prior to the War worked as a dock labourer.

On 8th August 1914 he enlisted in the Territorial Force and volunteered for service overseas. He was posted into the 1/4th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and moved to Swindon with them for training and railway guarding duties between August and November 1914.

It was during this time that Thomas was admitted to the Red Cross Hospital on Milton Road, Swindon with meningitis.

Thomas Anderton died at the hospital on 18th November 1914. He was buried at Swindon (Radnor Street) Cemetery.

He was just 17 years old.


CWGC headstone photographed on 29th October 2014

Rank: Private
Service No: 1936
Date of Death: 18/11/1914
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1/4th Bn.

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