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AlcockThomas Alcock was born in Rhyl, North Wales in around 1899. He was the son of Robert and Margaret Alcock.

Thomas enlisted in the South Lancashire Regiment at Flint. He was given the service number 50482, and served in France with them sometime after 1st January 1916; most likely during 1917 after his 18th birthday.

At some point Thomas transferred to the 1/4th (Territorial) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. His new number, 28201. He was posted into ‘A Company’. They were part of 164th Brigade, in 55th Division.




On 14th May 1918, ‘A Company’ conducted a raid against a German front-line post known as Willow Drain in the Givenchy sector. They succeeded in taking the German line and managed to hold it until 22:30hrs until the Germans strongly counter attacked. They were forced to retreat back across no mans land to their original position; sustaining heavy casualties in the process.

On 24th May 1918, Thomas unfortunately died from wounds that he had sustained during this raid ten days previous. He was 19 years old.

Private Thomas Alcock is remembered in the Etaples Military Cemetery and in St Mary’s Church, Rhyl.

Unfortunately no further service records are available.

Rank: Private
Service No: 28201
Date of Death: 24/05/1918
Type of Casualty: Died of wounds
Age: 19
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, “A” Coy. 1st/4th Bn.

St Mary's Rhyl

Memorial to men of Rhyl that fell in the Great War – St Mary’s Church, Rhyl.

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