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Thomas Cheadle was born in Prestwich, in Lancashire in 1885. By 1901, he appeared with his family at 6 Corser Street. The household consisted of his grandmother, Eliza Wall, mother Harriet Cheadle, aunt Hannah Wall, brothers Samuel, Stephen and William and sisters Ada and Mary. Thomas was a caster. He married Ethel Skeldon, who was a member of staff of the Old Hall Street School, in 1918.

Thomas enlisted with the Royal Army Medical Corps (number 35423), initially as a Private and he was later promoted to Corporal. There is a small item under the “Local and District News” of the Express & Star date 2 May 1918, stating that he had been awarded the French Medaille Militaire. This was confirmed by an entry in the Gazette on 19 August 1918.

The couple do not appear to have had any children, but Thomas survived the war and died in Wolverhampton in 1957 at the age of 72.