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Born: 1896, Liverpool
Died: 27 September 1918
Buried: Flesquires Hill British Cemetery
Address: 61 Tong Park, Baildon
Parents: John & Sarah
Siblings: James, John, William, Christopher, Leonard
Occupation: Doffer (1911)
Rank: L Sgt
Medals/awards: D.C.M.
Rolls of Honour: Tong Park; Baildon
Regiment: West Yorkshire
Tom Metcalfe
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Tom was born around 1896, the second of six sons of Hawes-born John and his Kent-born wife Sarah. The family appear to have moved around as their first son was born in Leeds, Tom in Liverpool and John in Saddleworth before William, Christopher and Leonard were all born in Baildon. In 1911 they were living at 61 Tong Park and 15-year-old Tom was a doffer. The first we learn of Tom’s war is a piece in the Shipley Times & Express on 5 April 1918: At the Tong Park Schools, Baildon, on Saturday night, Pte Thomas
Metcalfe, D.C.M. was presented with a useful present by a number of friends in recognition of the above honour which had been conferred upon him. Mr John Hodgson presided and Mr Sam Widdowson made the presentation. A programme was rendered by Miss Illingworth and Messrs James Noughton, Fred Gardner, D Walton, S Hodgson and H Simpson (accompanist). Pte Metcalfe returned to France on Sunday. On the 18 October, the newspaper published a tribute to Tom following his death:
L Sgt Tom Metcalfe, DCM, who enlisted in the West Yorkshire Regt, was killed on 27th September, aged 22. He lived at Tong Park and had been wounded three times. In a letter to Mrs Metcalfe, an officer says: “I know and feel sure the news will come as an awful shock to you and I can only offer you, on behalf of all the officers, non-commissioned officers and men of the battery, our deepest sympathy. “You may be sure that his name and actions will never be forgotten by any of us. I have known him for ten months and during that time he has always shown himself to be an
excellent soldier and N.C.O. “His bravery was known throughout the whole brigade. The word fear did not exist so far as he was concerned and at all times he did his work most nobly and cheerfully, finally making the great sacrifice leading his gun team against the Germans. “I can assure you he died instantly, being shot through the head, and would suffer no pain at all. His body has been recovered by us and has been buried. A cross will also be put up over his grave in due course. “The battery has lost a great soldier and a great man.”
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