Roll of Honour of the 710 men of Hyde who fell in WW1
Private 4 Thomas BASKERVILLE of 2nd Bn., Manchester Regiment
Died of Wounds Tuesday 18th May 1915, Belgium, age 32
|Born:||1883, Pendleton, Manchester|
|Marital status:||Married to Phoebe Baskerville (née Lever) of 142 George Street West, Hyde, Cheshire|
|He enlisted in:||Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire|
|Remembered on:||Chester Farm Cemetery, Zillebeke, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, I. E. 11B|
|Link with Hyde:||Lived in Hyde|
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.
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.
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.
From the North Cheshire Herald, June 5th 1915 Page 8, Columns 2 & 5.
The 1911 census shows Thomas Baskerville as a Nursing Orderly in Pachmarhi Camp in India.