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As published in the Liverpool Echo on 21st June 1915;


More than six months ago Private Thomas Forshaw of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, whose home is at Birkdale, was reported missing after an engagement in Flanders.

As time went on, and nothing further was heard of him, grave misgivings as to his fate were entertained.

About two months ago a letter was received by his wife from Geneva, but not in his hand-writing, stating he was alive and well, and asking among other things, for tobacco and money.

In view of the fact that the letter was in a strange hand, and especially that Private Forshaw was a non-smoker, his wife had considerable doubts as to its authenticity, but she sent parcels, food, and money which were not acknowledged.

In reply to an inquiry, the War Office announced that Forshaw could not be traced and advised the discontinuance of the parcels.

Still clinging to hope however, Mrs Forshaw forwarded others, and she was over-joyed a day or two ago to receive a postcard from the missing man stating that he was in good health and had received the parcels sent to him. He is at a detention camp in Germany.

There were five men named Thomas Forshaw who served with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment as a Private during the First World War, although the only men serving in France at the time of the incident was 8054 Private Thomas Forshaw of the 1st Battalion.

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