Tom Manninfield was born on the 22nd of March 1885 and baptised at St Luke’s Church, Eccleshill. He was the seventh of nine children of Charles and Mary Anne, nee Eyre.The couple lived in Doncaster and Wakefield before moving to Eccleshill around 1878.Charles died in 1890 aged 45 years, a few months before the birth of his last child.In 1898 Mary Anne died aged 47 years and Tom and his brother Harry went to live at Highcliffe Place, Dudley Hill, with their elder sister Maud Mary who had married.In 1901 Tom was working as a bottler of beer. By 1911 he was
living with his eldest brother John David at 59 Harris Street, Middlesbrough, and at 25 years of age was working as a labourer. The same year he married Ethel Wedgewood who had been born in Middlesbrough in 1891 and they had one daughter Lilian born in 1912.Tom enlisted in 1914 as Private 24205 in the 1/5th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry and landed at Boulogne on the 14th of May 1915.
During the Battles of the Somme in 1916 Tom’s Battalion was not called up to the front until the 15th of September when his unit fought in both the Battle of Flers-Courcelette 15th to 22nd September and the Battle of Morval 25th to 18th September 1916. It was during one of these battles that Tom was wounded and he later died of these wounds on the 2nd of October 1916. He was 31 years of age.He is buried in the St Severe Cemetery in Rouen. During the whole of the 1st World War Rouen was the centre for many hospitals
and most of the dead from these hospitals were taken to the city cemetery of St Severe. In 1916 it was found necessary to begin an extension and this is where Tom is buried.Tom does not appear on the St Luke Church memorial quite possibly because he had moved away from the area but he was born and bred in Eccleshill and he is mentioned in the Parish Magazine of that time and his death wa eported in the local paper.He left his effects to his widow Ethel who received £4.8s on the 15th July 1917 and the War Gratuity of £9.0.0d on the 12th December 1919.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks