Tomkinson, James H

James Henry Tomkinson, Corporal 5419, 22nd Battalion, Australian Infantry
Died of wounds 6th October 1918 in France, aged 27

 

EARLY LIFE

Born in 1891, son of James Tomkinson of 17 Great King Street, Macclesfield. Emigrated to Australia in March 1912.

 

WW1 SERVICE

The death of Corporal James Henry Tomkinson was printed in the Macclesfield Times on 18 October 1918:

Corpl James Henry Tomkinson, Australian Regt, son of Mr and Mrs Tomkinson, 17 Great King Street, Macclesfield, died on October 6th from wounds sustained in France. Corporal Tomkinson, who was 27 years of age, went out to Australia about seven years ago. While in Macclesfield he was employed by Mr J O Nicholson, J.P. as a gardener, for whom his father has worked for over 30 years. He was educated at Christ Church School and attended the Roe Street Congregational Sunday-school and chapel. Enlisting at the beginning of 1916, he served in France about two years. A brother, Pte Frank, King’s Liverpool Regt, is home on sick leave, and a sister is serving with the land army.

 

COMMEMORATION

Corporal James Tomkinson is buried in Grave Ref. VI. H. 19. of the Tincourt New British Cemetery, Somme, France. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Corporal James Tomkinson, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Corporal James Tomkinson is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael’s Church and Christ Church School war memorials.

 

NOTES

Brother of Frank Tomkinson, who served as a Private with the King’s Liverpool Regt.

 

SOURCES

Lives of the First World War website
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times: 18 October 1918


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