GASKELL, Thomas Pte. 15438

Thomas Gaskell

Thomas Gaskell

Thomas Gaskell enlisted three days after his brother, fellow Chorley Pal James Gaskell.

He was born in Chorley in 1891 and his parents eventually had a total of nine children. He worked as a Piercer at Lawrence Mill in Chorley and worshipped at St. James’ Church.

Thomas was seriously wounded during the attack at Serre on the 1st July 1916, having a leg amputated. However, he succumbed to his wounds and died at No. 12 Stationary Hospital at St. Pol on the 18th July.

He is buried in St. Pol Communal Cemetery Extension in St. Pol-sur-Ternoise, some 20 miles north-west of Arras.

Former ‘Pal’, Richard Barrow, put a memorial notice for Thomas in the Chorley Guardian in the paper around the 1st July for 10 years after the war.