Thomas Ashcroft was one of nine children, from a farming family in the Merseyside area. He chose not to follow in his father’s footsteps and joined the police, working in Liverpool. Thomas never married.
It is not known if Thomas enlisted or was conscripted. The regiment he served with is also unknown. What is known by his surviving family is that Thomas went to France to serve. After he came home on leave he was then sent to Belgium and possibly later fought at the Somme. Thomas was killed in action aged 29 years.
On the 1911 census there is an Ashcroft family living at Warren House Farm, Simonswood. Seven children are living with their widowed mother, with nine children recorded as still living. Perhaps this is the same family?
The CWGC website records a Thomas Ashcroft who served with the 2nd/5th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, who was killed in action on 26/10/1917, aged 29 years. This Thomas Ashcroft is commemorated at Tyne Cot memorial, Belgium