Thomas Broadhead, Private 291280, 1/7th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 14th October 1918 in Belgium, aged 26
Thomas Broadhead was born on 22 January and baptised on 9 March 1892 at Christ Church, Macclesfield, the son of Christiana and Thomas Broadhead, a provision dealer of 32 Derby Street, Macclesfield.
In 1911, nineteen-year-old Thomas was living at 32-34 Derby Street with his parents and siblings Christiana (21), Doris (13), Charles (12) and Violet (9); he was employed as an embroiderer.
Thomas married Edith Hannah Warhurst at St Michael’s Church in 1914; their son, also named Thomas, was born in 1915.
The death of Private Thomas Broadhead was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 1 November 1918:
PTE THOS BROADHEAD, Ches Regt, whose wife and child reside at 23 Derby Street, Macclesfield, has been killed. He was the son of Mr Broadhead, 32 Derby Street, and enlisted in June, 1915. After training at Oswestry, he was drafted to the Dardanelles. Later he served in Egypt and Palestine, and was transferred to France five months ago. He was recently home on leave. Pte Broadhead was 26 years of age, was educated at Christ Church School, and attended the parish Church. Prior to joining up he was employed by Councillor A W Hewetson at St George’s Street Mill. A brother, Pte L Broadhead, South Wales Borderers, is serving at Colchester, and Mrs Broadhead’s father, Pte F Warhurst, Ches Regt, is at Gibraltar.
Private Thomas Broadhead is buried in grave Ref. XIX. C. 12. at Hooge Crater Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Thomas Broadhead, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
In Macclesfield, Private Thomas Broadhead is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael’s Church and Trinity Wesleyan Methodist Church war memorials, and on the Christ Church School roll of honour.
Brother of Pte L Broadhead, who served with the South Wales Borderers at Colchester; son-in-law of Pte F Warhurst, who served with the Cheshire Regiment at Gibraltar.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births, Marriages
Census (England & Wales): 1891, 1901, 1911
WWI British Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects (Ancestry)
Lives of the First World War website
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times: 1 November 1918, 23 Sept 1921 (photo supplement)