Thomas Barlow

Thomas Barlow was born in Great Lever, Bolton on 6 December 1886.

He was the Son of William and Frances Barlow.

HIs father, William Barlow, died about 1888 and his mother, Frances, originally from Shropshire, kept a grocer’s shop with her sister at 109a Lorne Street, Moses Gate.

Thomas attended Bolton Church Institute from 1896 and had one sister, Mary Hannah Barlow.

He appears on the 1911 Census as a salesman/collector in the 'pianos, organs and cycles trade' - presumably he sold the above items and collected the weekly or monthly payments from his customers.

Barlow family tree - pdf

Thomas's War

The city of Rouen in France was the location of several Base Hospitals. Thomas would have been transported there from the battlefield by rail or barge.

The Guards Division had been involved in the Third Battle of Ypres (or Passchendaele) in Flanders and the Battle of Cambrai further south during the later months of 1917.


The Farnworth Journal and Observer
(quoted in “Fallen in the Fight” by Neil and Sue Richardson)

Born Bolton
Attended St Michael’s Church
Enlisted Bolton (15191 Coldstream Guards)
Died of wounds at Rouen 13th December 1917 aged 34
Memorial in St Michael’s Churchyard, Great Lever, Bolton

Bolton Journal and Guardian
28th December 1917


In affectionate remembrance of Pte Tom Barlow, Coldstream Guards, died of wounds Dec 13th 1917.

“For memory is the only friend that grief can call its own” - Ethel




Thomas Barlow

Private: 15191

3rd Battalion
Coldstream Guards

Born: Great Lever, Bolton
6 December 1886

Died: Rouen, France 13 December 1917

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