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One of our readers has shared this story about his great grandfather:


Thomas Edward Eccleston was born in Willenhall in 1893, in St Anne’s Road. He was christened at St Anne’s Church. The family later moved to 7 Forge Row or Street. He married Emily Agnes Kathleen Horton in 1914, and they had two children, Frank and Dorothy.

He enlisted in Walsall in the Cornish Light Infantry and was transferred to the South Wales Borderers (number 27655). He was killed in France on 20th August 1918. Our reader believes the battle leading to his death in Beuleul was not ordered; instead, the company used their initiative to take key positions. He is commemorated at the Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension, Bailleul.