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Gunner Thomas Knowles

submitted by Joan Johnson, Lilian Courtliff, Barbara Sinnott Sheila Kearney and Alice Williams (deceased), nieces of Tom and nephew Jimmy Swift

Thomas was a Gunner with B Battery in the Royal Field Artillery. His number was L/10983.

Extract from Liverpool Evening Express 16th October 1917:

“One of Liverpool’s Fallen Heroes

Gunner T. Knowles Royal Artillery

who died of wounds October 5th 1917 age 27 He was only son of Thomas Knowles, residing at 16 Tetlow Street, Kirkdale, Liverpool. He had been 15 months in France.”

 

Thomas is buried in Mendinghem Military Cemetery. The inscription from his father reads:

“FORGET HIM NOT

I NEVER WILL

AS YEARS ROLL ON

I LOVE HIM STILL”

 

Mendinghem Cemetery is in a little village called Popperinge (17 kilometres north west of Ypres on N308) Once we had discovered Tom’s burial place, how could we not visit, and listen to The Last Post being played at the Menin Gate. This resulted in about 6 visits, at each time taking various members of our family. We could not have achieved this withour the help of our Driver Wally Johnson (husband of Joan) to whom we give thanks.

 

 

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