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Lance Corporal 12492 Thomas CALLAGHAN
1st Battalion, Kings Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

Killed in Action,   Wednesday 16th June 1915,   No.13 General Hospital, Boulogne, France,   age 28

Home address:28 Cross Street, Hyde, Cheshire
Born:1887, Hyde, Cheshire
Parents:Alice Butler Callaghan and George Callaghan
28 Cross Street, Hyde, Cheshire
Marital status:Married to Annie Callaghan (née Smith)
Occupation:Bobbin and Fabric Carrier, Cotton Mill
Enlisted:Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire
Remembered:Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France,
plot VIII, row A, grave 82.
Link to Hyde:Born in Hyde

In June 1904 Thomas Callaghan enlisted as a Special Reserve in the Manchester Regiment, aged 17 years old. He was discharged in June 1910 aged 23.

A letter received by his mother:

13 General Hospital,
June 16th 1915.
To Mrs. Callaghan
Your husband, Lance Corpl. Callaghan, 1st K.O.L. Regt., was brought to the above hospital last night, wounded in the neck by a bullet. His condition was very serious, as the spine was injured. He had a comfortable night, and slept, but early this morning he got worse, and quietly passed away at 9:45am this morning. He did not send any messages, as I do not think he realised he was dying and he did not suffer pain. He will be buried here in Boulogne Cemetery, in a part set aside for our soldiers. With deepest sympathy in your sad loss,
I remain yours truly,
Sister Grandjeau.