1885 - 1916
CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916
Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916
Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
Pte 202908 Thomas Henry Allister
- Age: 19
- From: Liverpool
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 18th Btn
- K.I.A Tuesday 31st July 1917
- Commemorated at: Menin Gate Memorial
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Thomas Henry Allister was born in Liverpool at 1 Moville Street in the December quarter of 1897, the son of David Allister and his wife Edith Mary (nee Basion). His father was a hairdresser. Thomas was the second child of eight born to the couple. His younger sister Edith Doris was born in 1899 but sadly died in 1900.
The Census of 1901 finds the family living at 1 Moville Street. Thomas is 3 years of age and is living with his parents, elder brother David who is 4 and new born sister Florence.
The 1911 Census shows the family of 9 are now living at 10 Briarwood Road, Aigburth.
He enlisted in Liverpool and was serving in the 18th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 202908 when he was killed in action on the 31st July 1917, aged 19, during the Third Battle of Ypres. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Belgium.
Just 7 weeks later his older brother David Allister (MM) formerly Private 22910 of the 17th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment was killed in action on 22/9/17 whilst serving in 8th Battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment. He is named on Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing. David was an original Pal joining the 17th Bn.
His Mother Edith Mary Allister of 28 Belper Street, Liverpool received his Pay of £2:1s:5d on 05/12/1918 and a War Gratuity of £3 on 18/09/1919
Thomas is commemorated on the Memorial at St Anne's Church, Aigburth.
Grateful thanks are extended to Dick Daglish for the details contained in the biography.