Arthur Thomas, Private 125633, 49th Coy. Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Killed in action 14th April 1918 in Belgium, aged 30
Arthur Thomas was born in Macclesfield in 1889, the son of Sarah and Edward Thomas, a farm labourer. In 1891, two-year-old Arthur was living at 5 Garden Court Square, off Garden Street, with his parents and sisters Hannah (15) and Phoebe (5).
Arthur married Maud Ethel Butler at Christ Church, Macclesfield on 27 September 1909. In 1911 Arthur was employed as a general labourer; the couple were living with Arthur’s mother at 3 Court 7 Crompton Road, Macclesfield, and had an eight-month-old daughter, Ella Prosser. A son, Arthur, was born later that year, followed by another daughter, Dorothy, in 1913.
After Arthur’s death, Maud married Arthur Bloor in 1920 and moved to Havannah, Eaton, near Congleton, Cheshire.
Arthur enlisted in Macclesfield with the Cheshire Regiment, receiving service number 1483; he was later transferred to the machine Gun Corps and given service number 125633. After training, he was drafted to Belgium, probably in 1916 or 1917.
Arthur was found to be missing after 14 April 1918 and it was later assumed that he was killed in action on or since that date.
Private Arthur Thomas has no known grave and is commemorated on panel ref. 154 to 159 and 163A at Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Arthur Thomas, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Cheshire Parish Marriage Registers (Find My Past): Christ Church, Macclesfield
Census (England & Wales): 1891, 1911
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website