Thomas Poynton, Private 58199, 16th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Died 22nd October 1917 in Belgium, aged 25
Thomas Poynton was born on 6 February 1892 and baptised on 22 February 1893 at St George’s Church, Macclesfield, the son of Sarah Elizabeth and Alexander Poynton, a cotton weaver of 79 St George’s Street, Macclesfield.
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Thomas’ death was published in the Macclesfield Times on 7 December 1917:
LOSS TO METHODISM
Private Tom Poynton, Cheshire Regiment, former scholar of Lord Street School, Macclesfield, has been killed in France.
Private Thomas Poynton is buried in Grave Ref. VIII. E. 16. of the Poelcapelle British Cemetery, near Ypres, Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Thomas Poynton, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
In Macclesfield, Private Thomas Poynton is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael’s Church and Park Street Methodist Church war memorials. The floral tributes laid when the Macclesfield Park Green War Memorial was unveiled on 21st September 1921 included one with the words “In loving memory of our dear son, Tom Poynton.”
Cheshire Parish Baptism Registers: St George’s Church, Macclesfield
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Times: 7 December 1917, 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)