Skinner, Thomas

Thomas Skinner, Private 291434, 1st/4th Bn. Cheshire Regt
Died of wounds 25th July 1918 in France, aged 28

 

EARLY LIFE

Thomas Skinner was born on 4 April and baptised on 17 September 1890 at St John’s Church, the son of Harriet and Frederick Charles Skinner, a weaver of House 2 Court 8, Park Lane, Macclesfield.

In 1901 eleven-year-old Thomas was living at the same address with his parents and siblings Esther (18), Emma (16), Hannah (13), Walter (9) and George (2); by 1911 the family had moved to 138 Park Lane.

Thomas was educated at St George’s School, and on 29 October 1906, when employed as a painter, he enrolled at Macclesfield Technical School to further his education.

Thomas married Cecilia Walsh in 1915.

 

MILITARY SERVICE

Thomas Skinner enlisted with the local 7th Cheshire (Territorial) Regiment in November 1915, receiving receiving service number 4145, later changed to 291434. He was later transferred or attached to the 4th Cheshire Regiment.

Private Skinner was drafted to Egypt in January 1917 and after some time was injured and hospitalised in Cairo. In 1918 his battalion was sent to France, and on 24 July Private Skinner was wounded in the head, right arm and left hand. He died the following day at No. 63 Casualty Clearing Station, Senlis, France.

The death of Private Skinner was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 9 August 1918:

Mrs Skinner, 105 Park Lane, Macclesfield, has been notified that her husband, Pte Thomas Skinner, Cheshire Regt, died in hospital in France on July 25th of wounds sustained the previous day. Twenty-eight years of age, he was the son of Mr and Mrs Frederick Skinner, 138 Park Lane, and was educated at St George’s School… He was connected with Newtown Primitive Methodist Chapel and Sunday School and in civil life was employed as a painter and decorator by Mr Pownall, Jordangate.

Pte Skinner was married in May 1915, and in the following November voluntarily joined the Cheshire Regt. After training at Oswestry he was drafted to Egypt in January 1917, and took part in the Gaza battle and the fighting before Jerusalem. Owing to an injury to his leg, caused through falling down a trench while fetching water, he was in hospital at Cairo for some time. Pte Skinner was transferred to France a few weeks ago and died as the result of gunshot wounds in the head, right arm and left hand.

His brother, Walter Skinner, is with the Cheshires in France. Mrs Skinner has had a letter of sympathy from the Macclesfield branch of the Amalgamated Society of Painters, of which her husband was a member, stating that he was highly respected by his fellow workers.

 

COMMEMORATION

Private Thomas Skinner is buried at Senlis French National Cemetery, in grave ref. I. A. 7. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Thomas Skinner, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Private Thomas Skinner is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall and St Michael’s Church war memorials, and on St John’s Church roll of honour.

 

NOTES

Brother of Walter Skinner, who served as a Private with the Cheshire Regiment with service number 290415 and survived the war.

 

SOURCES

GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births, Marriages
Census (England & Wales): 1891, 1901, 1911
Cheshire Parish Baptism Registers (FindMyPast): St John’s Church, Macclesfield
National School Admission Registers and Log-books (FindMyPast): St George’s School, Macclesfield Technical School
WWI British Army Medal Rolls Index Cards
Soldiers Died in the Great War (Find My Past)
WWI British Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects
Lives of the First World War website

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times: 9 August 1918, 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)

 


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