Joseph Tomlinson was born in 1892 the son of Thomas and Catherine Tomlinson. From the 1911 census we know Thomas and Catherine had 12 children, 6 living in 1911. Joseph would be at least the 7th child they lost and Thomas died between 1891 and 1910. Known children are Edward, William, Thomas, Randal, Elizabeth, Prudence and Joseph. In 1891 and 1901 the family we reliving in Long Row, Pentre and in 1911 at 8 Burntwood. Before he joined up Joseph was a collier at Mountain Colliery.
Joseph Tomlinson may have been a second cousin of William Tomlinson of Drury who was killed in Egypt in 1917.
Joseph’s death was announced in newspaper accounts:
North Wales Coast Pioneer, September 14th 1916
PRIVATE J. TOMLINSON, BUCKLEY KILLED
Mrs. J. Tomlinson, of Burntwood, Buckley, has received official information that her son, Private Joseph Tomlinson, was killed in action on August 20th. Writing to Mr. Randle Tomlinson, brother of the deceased, Sergeant Dodd of the deceased’s company says: “He passed away on the morn of August 20th when on sentry duty in the trenches. He was hit with shrapnel, and died a few minutes later without regaining consciousness. I must say that it is heart-breaking to lose men like your brother. Although he had not been in my platoon any length of time he was devoted to his duty, and I know him to be a God-fearing man, who faced all the dangers which have to be faced with a contented heart. The boys want me to say they offer you the deepest and sincerest sympathy in the loss of such a fine man as Joseph was. Previous to going in the trenches we had a glee party in my company, and your brother was amongst us with his fine bass voice, and we won a competition through his efforts in keeping up his part. He had a chum named Brookes, who also was slightly wounded.” Private Tomlinson, who was 23 years of age, went out to France with the R.W.F., but was transferred to another regiment. He was a Sunday School worker, a devoted member of the Drury-lane Primitive Methodist Church, and a member of the choir.
County Herald, September 12, 1916
It is our painful duty this week to record the deaths of two more Buckley soldiers. Mrs. Tomlinson, of Burntwood, has received official information that her son, Private J. Tomlinson (23), Cheshire Regiment was killed in action on the 20th of last month. The War Office information was accompanied by the following message: The King commands me to assure you of the true sympathy of His Majesty and the Queen in your sorrow” -David Lloyd George. Private Tomlinson enlisted in in July 1915 and was sent to the RWF. When abroad, he was transferred to the Cheshires. Before enlisting he was employed at the Mountain Colliery. He was a member of the Primitive Methodist Church, Drury Lane and a devoted worker in the Sunday school.