Latham, Thomas

Thomas Latham, Gunner 71871, 108th Heavy Bty, Royal Garrison Artillery
Died of wounds 3rd August 1917 in Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, aged 40

 

EARLY LIFE

Son of Thomas and Mary Ellen Latham, of Blackburn.

Thomas Latham was employed by the Prudential Assurance Company as a cashier; he had worked in Macclesfield for seven years.

More information will be added here when research is complete.

 

WW1 SERVICE

Thomas Latham enlisted with the Royal Garrison Artillery in December 1915 and was drafted to France in October 1916. He was wounded in the leg on 18 April 1917, repatriated to the UK and taken to Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, where he died on 4 August (the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has his date of death as 3rd August 1917).

His death was reported in the Macclesfield Advertiser of 17 August 1917:

GUNNER LATHAM – Mr Thomas Latham (40), cashier, of the Prudential Assurance Co., Macclesfield, joined the RGA in December 1915 and was sent to France last October. April 18th he was wounded in the leg, and taken to Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, where he died on August 4th. He was interred with military honours at Blackburn Cemetery on the 7th inst. Mr A Pearson, superintendent of the Macclesfield District, and Mr J Barratt, superintendent of the Blackburn district, attended the funeral. Deceased had been in the employ of the Prudential Company for 25 years, and was cashier at the Macclesfield offices for seven years.

 

COMMEMORATION

Gunner Thomas Latham is buried in Grave Ref. B. C.E. 1331. of Blackburn Cemetery in Lancashire. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Gunner Thomas Latham, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Gunner Thomas Latham is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall and St Michael’s Church war memorials.

Elsewhere, he is named on the First World War roll of honour plaque by the war memorial in Blackburn Cemetery. He is also named in the Prudential Assurance Roll of Honour.

 

NOTES

 

SOURCES

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Advertiser: 17 August 1917


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