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Born: 1887, Bradford
Died: 16 April 1917
Buried: Achiet le Grand Communal Cemetery, Extension
Address: 1 Valley View Grove, Idle Road, Eccleshill
Parents: Joseph & Elizabeth, nee Bray
Spouse: Elizabeth Alice, nee Elener
Siblings: Five sisters, four brothers
Occupation: Woolsorter, Christopher Ward, Nelson Street, Bradford
Rank: Cpl
Rolls of Honour:
Regiment: West Yorkshire
Thomas Gomersall
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Thomas Gomersall was born in Bradford in 1887 the eldest son of ten children of Joseph and Elizabeth, nee Bray. In the 1901 census, the family were living at 153 Barkerend Road and Thomas, at 13 years of age, was working as a plumber. On the 27th December 1909 at St Chrysostom Church in Bolton Road, Thomas married Elizabeth Alice Elener who was 22 years of age, and living at 38 Exmouth Place, the daughter of Robert Elener, a builder. Thomas was 22 years of age, a woolsorter. In 1911 both Thomas and his sister Elizabeth Alice were living with Elizabeth’s father Robert at 38
Exmouth Place, Cliffe Road. A child had been born in 1911 and named for his grandfather Robert. At the time of Thomas’s enlistment he was employed as a woolsorter by Messrs Christopher Ward of Nelson Street, Bradford and at some point during his war service the family moved to Valley View Grove, Idle. Thomas enlisted in November 1914 as Private 235219 in the 2nd/8th Battalion of the Prince of Wales Own (West Yorkshire Regiment).
His Battalion did not leave for the Western Front until January 1917 when they landed at Le Havre. He was involved in the Operations on the Ancre 11th January to 13th March 1917 and then in the pursuit of the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line from 14th of March to the 5th of May 1917. At some point during these operations Thomas was promoted to corporal before being wounded in the pursuit of the German Army and dying of these wounds on the
16th April 1917. He was 29 years of age. He is buried in the Achiet-Le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extenson. From April 1917 to March 1918, the village was occupied by the 45th and 49th Casualty Clearing Stations. Achiet station was an allied railhead. The communal cemetery and extension were used by Commonwealth medical units from April 1917 to March 1918. Thomas left his effects to his widow and child who received £9.9.7d on the 10th of September 1917 and a War Gratuity of £12.0.0d on the 4th November 1919.
Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks