1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Thomas Matthews

Contributed by: Stan & Lesley (Matthews) Jones, on 2008-11-05

Gunner Thomas Matthews
Rank
First Name Thomas
Surname Matthews
Year of Birth 1890
Year of Death 1918
Regiment Royal Field Artillery
Place of Wartime Residence Great Bridge Tipton, Staffordshire

Thomas's Story

Mrs Matthews of Toll End Road Tipton has received the intelligence that her son S.S.T Matthews 14th Brigade R.H.A. has made the supreme sacrifice. His captain in the field writes the deceased was struck in the head and instantly killed by a splinter from one of the enemy,s long range shells. At the momment of his death he was quietly at work in the waggon lines doing his duty in the same unobstrusive way that always distinguished him. He had no knowledge of the danger that approached him. He was buried in a ruined French village south west of Cambrai, called Flesquieres.

The officer adds "He was always happy and appreciated from the day when he first joined us. He has done his work willingly and well.He was always cheerful and ready to help in a hundred different ways that were not within the scope of his strict duty and we can ill afford to loose such men. He will be greatly missed. This I fear, cold comfortfor the loss of a son, but you may be justly proud of him and of the way he lived and died."

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