Thomas Howarth, Private 13729, 1st Battalion King’s Liverpool Regiment
Killed in Action 10th March 1915 in France, aged 31
Thomas Follows Howarth was born on 14th September 1883 and baptised on 1st October at Christ Church, Stafford, the youngest son of Sarah Jane and Peter Howarth, a shoemaker of Albert Terrace, Stafford. Sarah Jane’s maiden name was Follows, and Peter originated from Macclesfield.
In 1891, Thomas was living with his parents and older siblings Peter, William and Edith at the Bird in Hand Public House, Victoria Square, 22 Mill Street, Stafford, where his father was the licencee.
Thomas married widow Fanny Boddington at Newcastle-under-Lyme in 1909, and two years later in 1911 the couple were living at Leek Coffee Tavern with their newborn daughter, also named Fanny, and Fanny’s youngest daughter, 13 year old Dorothy. Thomas gave his occupation as “Cook and Furniture Dealer”. Fanny’s first husband, William, had died in 1908.
Thomas was stated to be a resident of Macclesfield when he attested at Liverpool. He entered France on 28th November 1914 and was killed in action on 10th March 1915, aged 31 years.
Private Thomas Howarth is buried in grave reference IX. E. 18. in Vieille-Chapelle New Military Cemetery in France. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Thomas Howarth, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.