War Memorials in Sowerby, North Yorkshire

 Thomas William Trenholme

26th February 1888 - 27th August 1918 (age 30)

Sapper 79982
1st Tunnelling Company, Canadian Engineers

William and Kate Trenholme had ten children, and they lived at South Kilvington before moving to Sowerby. Thomas was the eldest and like his father, he worked as a tailor. He married Maggie Finkill in 1911 and they were blessed with a son William Everett Trenholme born the following year. Sadly, Thomas' youngest sibling Kate Everett Trenholme died in that same year aged 1 year and 11 months, she was buried at St.Oswald's on 8th July.

Thomas and Maggie decided to emigrate with their young son arriving in Nova Scotia on 12th April 1913. Whatever their plans and dreams, the Great War was to change their lives forever.


Thomas Trenholme

On 18th November 1914, Thomas attested into the Canadian Army at Medicine Hat, in South West Alberta giving his address as 613 Hill Road in the same town. He was 5 feet 5.5 inches with blue eyes, light brown hair and a scar on the back of his right knee. He left Canada with the Alberta Regiment in the 2nd Canadian Expeditionary Force on 17th May 1915, sailing for England on S.S. Carpathia. This of course was the ship made famous three years earlier during the rescue of survivors from the Titantic disaster. Maggie and their son soon followed William when on 31st August they were on the Corsican bound for Liverpool. It is unlikely that Thomas was able to see his wife and son before he left the training camp at Shorncliffe on Salisbury Plain, arriving at Boulogne on 19th September 1915. In February 1916, Thomas's address on his army record was amended to 3 Manfield Terrace, Carlton Miniott although in April, his wife's address was shown as 185 High Street, Cheriton, Kent. This must have been a temporary move, because later records have Maggie living at 3 Manfield Terrace.

Thomas was attached to the 1st Tunnelling Company which means much of his part in the War would have been served underground in the dangerous work of digging tunnels under enemy lines. His last opportunity to see his family may have been in the summer of 1918 when he was granted leave to Scotland from 16th July returning on 9th August. Less than three weeks later, Thomas was killed in action east of Arras, and he lies at Windmill British Cemetery, Monchy-Le-Preux, plot 11.B.12.


Thomas Trenholme lies at Windmill British Cemetery - "Loved In Life And Honoured In Death"

Maggie remarried to Ernest Bortoft in 1921.

Thomas's younger brother Reginald also served. He joined the 4th West Riding Regiment, while living at Victoria Cottages, Sowerby, giving his occupation as a baker. Reginald survived the War and later attested again into the 4th Yorkshire Regiment in 1928.

The information on this page was compiled by Steve Billings.

Information about Thomas Wiiliam Trenholme on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website

Information about Thomas Wiiliam Trenholme on the War Graves Photographic Project website

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