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Private 4 Thomas BASKERVILLE
2nd Battalion, Manchester Regiment

Died of Wounds,   Tuesday 18th May 1915,   Belgium,   age 32

Home address:India
Born:1883, Pendleton, Manchester
Marital status:Married to Phoebe Baskerville (née Lever)
142 George Street West, Hyde, Cheshire
Enlisted:Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire
Remembered:Chester Farm Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium,
plot I, row E, grave 11b.
Link to Hyde:Lived in Hyde

The 1911 census shows Thomas Baskerville as a Nursing Orderly in Pachmarhi Camp in India.

From the North Cheshire Herald, 5th June 1915, page 8, columns 2 and 5:

Hyde Man Killed in Action:
Private Thomas Baskerville Dies in France

News has been received by his wife and relatives at Hyde, of the death, from wounds, of Private Thomas Baskerville, of the 2nd Manchester Regiment.

A letter dated 17th May was first received, which stated:
Dear Mrs. Baskerville,
Just a line. I am sorry to tell you your husband was wounded last night. He is getting on as well as can be expected. I carried him to hospital, and he asked me to write you to let you know.
Yours sincerely
Arthur Crowther.

A second letter was dated the 18th May, and was as follows:
I am sorry to inform you that your husband died this morning from wounds received the night before last. He died a brave death, and everything was done to try and save his life. If I live to come back. I will send you his letters and papers. I was with him to the last. I would write more, only we are having a very rough time again in the trenches.
Yours sincerely,
A Crowther.

Private Baskerville has seen eight years’ service in India and had been in Hyde about three years when he was called up for action. He was employed at the depot of the Oldham, Ashton and Hyde Electric Tramways Co. He was home on sick leave at Christmas and went back again soon after. He leaves a wife and one child with whom much sympathy is felt.