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Thomas Hanstock was born in Wolverhampton in 1893, the son of Emanuel and Mary Hanstock. In 1901, they were living at 154 Well Lane, Wednesfield, together with Thomas’s brothers Alfred, Emanuel, Henry, James and Richard, and sisters Charlotte, Mary and Sarah. Thomas later worked for Mander Brothers paintworks.

Thomas enlisted with the 1st/6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 2818). On 13 October 1915, Thomas died, presumably (given the date) as part of the battle around the Hohenzollern Redoubt. He is commemorated at the Loos Memorial, as well as on the memorial for Mander Brothers Limited and the roll of honour for Bilston Priestfield.