3rd November 1895 - 26th February 1915 (age 19)
6th Depot, Royal Horse & Royal Field Artillery
The Thornton family came to South Crescent, Sowerby during the first decade of the 20th Century. Thomas had been born at Eastrington in the East Riding and his two sisters at Hambleton near Selby while their younger brother was born in Thirsk around 1908.
Thomas was a member of the Thirsk Town Band and also of the Hylton Rees Cadets, a popular troupe of local entertainers. He was a valued member of the troupe, being an excellent violinist. At work he was an assistant to a draper in Thirsk, Mr J. Wright, where he completed his apprenticeship at Christmas 1914.
In February 1915, now living at Railway Cottages, he enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery and proceeded to Glasgow for training. Up to 22nd February he attended to his duties and was at drill on that day, but later was found unconscious and taken to hospital. For a time it was thought he would pull through, but later an affection of the spine developed, paralysis supervened, he passed away on Friday night 26th February. The funeral took place in Glasgow and he is buried in the Glasgow Western Necropolis.
At the Congregational Church in Thirsk, the Rev F.T. Weeks conducted a service in memory of Thomas, and referred to him having listened to the call of duty to serve his country, and though but in training yet fell in the service of his country as truly as though he had fallen in actual warfare.
The information on this page was compiled by Steve Billings.
Information about Thomas William Thornton the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Information about Thomas William Thornton on the War Graves Photographic Project website
Part of the St Oswald's Church website