Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Viv Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Is y Coed
Name / Enw: Mellor, Thomas
Regiment/Catrawd: 3/5th Lancashire Fusiliers
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 18446
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Tyne Cot Memorial
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Panel 54-60 and 163 A
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Belgium
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory and British War medals
Date of Death: 10th October 1917
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Missing then declared killed in action on 10th October 1917 at Passchendaele
Thomas was born in 1897. According to his Commonwealth War Grave Certificate he was the son of John Thomas Mellor and ‘the late’ Elizabeth Mellor
He was recorded on the census of 1911 living with his family at Wych Mills Malpas. The family comprised at that point of John Mellor 41 a Corn Miller and his second wife Catherine who was 45. The census form tells us that this couple had been married for 13 years. She had given birth to three children but one had not survived. There were 4 children listed in the household. Frank 16, a Corn Miller, Thomas 14, John 8 and Eric 7. Catherine was stepmother to Frank and Thomas.
We know from the Commonwealth War Grave Certificate that Thomas grew up to be an Electrical Engineer
UK Soldiers who Died in The Great War 1914-19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms all the military information at the top of this page. It adds that Thomas enlisted in Manchester. This source tells us he was ‘killed in action’. His medal index card, also on ‘Ancestry’ details his two medals.
There is an index card for Thomas in The Flintshire Roll of Honour at The County Record Office in Hawarden. It gives the address Higher Wych Mill Malpas and it confirms the regimental details as at the top of this page.The card tells us he served from the 7th March 1917 in France and that he was ‘Missing since 10th October 1917’ at Passchendaele.