This week’s Macclesfield Express includes on page 21 the story of a local amateur boxer who died on 30th August 1917 whilst serving his country in the First World War.
Thomas Brown, who enlisted in Macclesfield on 4th September 1914 – just a month after the war began – joined the 10th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment. After a year”s training, Thomas was drafted to France and during the next two years he participated in engagements on the Somme, at Vimy Ridge, Ypres and Messines. At Christmas 1916, whilst in France, he won a cup for boxing. In July 1917 Thomas returned home on leave for the first time since his departure from Folkestone in September 1915, and sadly lost his life just a few weeks after returning to the front.
The full story of Thomas Brown can be found here on our website.