Private 9528 Thomas Latham

Died of Wounds on Sunday, 16th May 1915, age unknown.
Commemorated on Panel 21 and 22 of Le Touret Memorial, Pas De Calais, France.

1st Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment. 22nd Brigade of 7th Division.

Born: Tunstall, Staffs, Enlisted: Warwick, Resident: Great Bridge.

First landed France & Flanders, 17th December 1914.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/856038/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
4 Limerick Passage, Tipton, Staffs.
William Latham (37, Puddler, born West Bromwich), his wife Rosehannah (36, born Tipton), and their 4 children: Florence (13, born Tipton), Joseph (11, born Tipton), Thomas (7, born Tunstall), and Alfred (4, born Tunstall).

1911 Census
25 Sheepwash Lane, West Bromwich, Staffs.
William Latham (37, Puddler, born West Bromwich), his wife Rosehannah (36, born Tipton), and their 5 surviving children of 11: Florence (23, born Tipton), Joseph (21, Silk Worker, born Tipton), Thomas (18, Iron Worker, born Tunstall), Alfred (15, Iron Worker, born Tunstall), and William (8, born Tipton).

Personal Data

Thomas was born in Tunstall, and was resident in Great Bridge. In 1911 this was in Sheepwash Lane on the West Bromwich side, but as we cannot be certain in 1915, Thomas is included as a Tipton man.

Action resulting in his death

Thomas landed in France on 17th December 1914, so we can assume that he had been a pre-war Territorial and he was a reinforcement for the losses suffered at 1st Ypres.

Thomas would have seen action at the Battles of Neuve Chapelle and Aubers Ridge, before the Battle of Festubert on 16th May 1915. The 1st South Staffs were in support to the 22nd Brigade attack at the south end of the battlefield. The German line was penetrated and consolidated despite heavy artillery fire from the Germans, especially in a strongpoint known as the Quadrilateral. No further progress was possible, and the 1st South Staffs took over the newly captured German line before nightfall.

At some time during the day Thomas was wounded, and he died of wounds on that day. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial.

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