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Thomas Edward RUSHWORTH (1898-1917)

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Thomas Edward RUSHWORTH

Name: Thomas Edward RUSHWORTH
Sex: Male
Father: John Thomas RUSHWORTH (1867-1927)
Mother: Maria BRELLISFORD (1864-1953)

Individual Events and Attributes

Birth 1 Jan 1898 Rawdon
Death 9 Oct 1917 (age 19) Ypres, Belgium
Burial No known grave
Record of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
In Memory of THOMAS EDWARD RUSHWORTH, Lance Corporal 18875, 1st Bn., Coldstream Guards, who died onTuesday, 9th October 1917. Age 19.
Additional Information: Son of John T. and Maria Rushworth, of North Ives Farm, Horsforth, Leeds.
Commemorative Information
Memorial: TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, BelgiumGrave Reference/
Panel Number: Panel 9 to 10
Location: The Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing forms the north-eastern boundary of Tyne Cot Cemetery, which is located 9 kilometres north east of Ieper town centre, on the Tynecotstraat, a road leading from the Zonnebeekseweg (N332).
Historical Information: A description of the Memorial and an account of the military operations in the Ypres Salient is contained in a separate Introductory part to the Registers.
His army service record shows that he enlisted on 2nd March 1916 and was called up on 31st August 1916, wentto Caterham on 1st September 1916 and then t to France on 13th June 1917. Appointed Lance Corporal on 8th September and killed in actionon 9th October 1917 near Houlthulst Forest, in the battle of Passchendaele.

Individual Note

Tom was born at Back Lane in Rawdon, then lived at Eastbrook Farm in Rawdon, and then at North Ives Farm in Horsforth. During the first world war he was exempt from military service as a farmer working with his father at North Ives Farm, but he received a white feather signifying cowardice anonymously in the post. He promptly joined the army as a signaller, becoming Lance Corporal T E Rushworth, 18875, in No.8 Platoon, No.2 Company, 1st. Battalion, Coldstream Guards, in the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in France.

 

He was killed in action at Ypres in Belgium on the 9th October 1917 and has no known grave. It is understood that he was sitting around a fire with other soldiers when a shell landed and exploded amongst them, blowing them to bits. His army service record shows that he was killed at Houthust Forest (probably near Suez Farm about 5 miles north west of Passchendaele). He could be in a grave at Ruisseau Farm Cemetery near Langermark, north of Ypres - http://www.panoramio.com/photo/59979235 . Uncle Tom was certainly killed just north of Ruisseau Farm which we visited. On http://www.panoramio.com/photo/59979235 you will see photos of the cemetery at the farm which we looked round and note that the farm was taken by the Guards Division in which Tom served the day before he was killed. He could well be one of the unknown soldiers buried there.

 

He is commemorated at the Tyne Cot Memorial at Passchendale in Belgium. His name is engraved on the war memorial at Horsforth Hall Park and on the "Boulder Stone" in the memorial avenue at Stanhope Avenue, Horsforth. He was awarded the 1914 Campaign Medal and the 1914-1919 Victory Medal.