Lance Corporal 201581 Thomas John Price

Killed in Action on Wednesday, 10th October 1917, age 20.
Commemorated on Panel 75 to 77 of Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

1st/7th Bn., Worcestershire Regiment. 144th Brigade of 48th Division.
Formerly 3887 Worcestershire Regiment.

Son of William and Catherine Price, of 16, Bridge Rd., Toll End, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Dudley, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library, and St. Mark's memorials.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/829837/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
22 Walker Street, Tipton, Staffs.
William Price (40, Coal Dealer, born Tipton), his wife Lucy (32, born Tipton), and their 6 children: Nelly (10, born Tipton), Albert (8, born Tipton), Emily (6, born Tipton), Edward (5, born Tipton), John Thomas (3, born Tipton), and Arthur (2, born Tipton).

1901 Census
102 Bridge Road, Tipton, Staffs.
William Price (50, Coal Dealer, born Tipton), his wife Lucy (42, born Tipton), and their 11 children: Nelly (20, Domestic Servant, born Tipton), Albert (18, Canal Boatman, born Tipton), Emily (17,Domestic Servant, born Tipton), Edward (15, Tube Setter, born Tipton), John (14, Tube Carrier, born Tipton), Arthur (11, School, born Tipton), Sidney (10, School, born Tipton), William (8, School, born Tipton), Sarah Ann (7, School, born Tipton), Florence (5, School, born Tipton), and Harold (3, born Tipton).

Personal Data

After Thomas' death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £6/9/3d (6 pounds, 9 shillings and 3 pence); this was paid to his father and sole legatee, William, in February 1918. His War Gratuity was £11/10/0d (11 pounds and 10 shillings), this was also paid to his father in November 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Thomas had enlisted in August 1915.

Action resulting in his death

The Battle of Poelcappelle began on 9th October 1917, the fourth of a series of "bite and hold" battles launched by General Herbert Plumer during the third Battle of Ypres. The first three battles had been successful, but by October 9th the rains had returned with 25mm falling in 2 days. This affected both manoeuvrability on the battlefield, and the effectiveness of the artillery.

The 1/7th Worcesters were a mile south-east of Poelcappelle attacking north-east towards Adler Farm; 600 yards beyond Adler Farm is the modern-day Varlet Farm. The Worcesters' approach to the jumping-off point had been extremely difficult due to the swamp-like conditions of the Steenbeek and Stroembeek valleys.

On the right of the 1/7th sector, 'B' and 'C' Companies attacked and captured Adler Farm. On the left and centre there was no such success for 'A' and 'D' Companies attacking Inch House and Wallemolen, where the German machine-guns commanded the ground.

At the end of the day the only advance had been the capture of Adler Farm, this was the position which the 1/7th Worcesters held on the 10th October until they were relieved. It was during the second day, holding the line or during their relief, that Lance-Corporal Price was killed. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

Newspaper Cuttings

Birmingham Daily Post 15th December 1917
Previously reported missing, now reported killed.
WORCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT- Price, 201581, L-Corpl., J.T., (Tipton).