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CPL David Wallace Crawford
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Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
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Pte 17911 Morton Neill
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Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
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Pte 35865 Thomas Bailey
- Age: 25
- From: Manchester
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 17th Btn
- K.I.A Saturday 4th August 1917
- Commemorated at: Menin Gate Memorial
Panel Ref: Panel 4 & 6
Thomas Bailey was born in 1892 in Manchester and was the son of James Henry and Emma Bailey, of 9 Malt St, Hulme, Manchester.
The 1911 Census shows the family living at of 9 Malt St, Hulme, Manchester.
The father James Henry aged 54, born 1857 occupation labourer/packer in Emery works and was born in Manchester. His wife Emma is aged 55, born 1856 in London. They have been married for 33 years and have had nine children of which three have died, Ellen aged 24, born 1887 works in the Emery works, Henry aged 25, born 1886 is a lithographic printer, Lilian aged 23, born 1888 also employed in the Emery works, Amy aged 21, born 1890 is a blouse maker and Thomas aged 18, is a labourer in a cotton warehouse. All the children were born in Manchester.
Thomas enlisted in Manchester and was serving in the 17th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 35865 when he was killed in action on the 4th August, 1917 aged 25 during the Third Battle of Ypres, better known as the Battle of Passchendaele.
The 17th Battalion Diary groups the action of the opening day of the offensive up to the relief of the Battalion on 04th August as follows:
On that day, the 89th Brigade was to follow up the attacks of the 21st and 90th Brigades and once their objectives had been taken, to go through them and secure a line of strong points on the German third line. The 89th Brigade line of attack was from the South West corner of Polygon Wood, to the Menin Road. The 17th Battalion The King’s Liverpool Regiment was on the left of the attack, and the 20th to the right, with the 19th Battalion and the 2nd Battalion The Bedfordshire Regiment, in Divisional Reserve.
The Battalion moved into assembly positions east of Maple Copse between 05.00 and 05.20am, they were heavily shelled and suffered many casualties. At 07.50 they began to advance with the 17th Battalion on the left, and the 20th on the right, the whole time under heavy shell fire. On reaching their position which was the Blue Line , troops of both the 21st and 90th Brigades were still pinned down and thus any attempt at further progress were futile.
Despite this they pushed on until their flank was just touching Clapham Junction. They then dug in and awaited the inevitable bombardment which hit them soon after. Despite this, they held onto the ground.
During the action and their time in the line the 17th Battalion lost three officers and 79 men killed or died of wounds, and four officers and 198 men wounded. They were eventually relieved on the night of 3rd -4th August.
Thomas was one of those casualties referred to. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium.
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