Private Thomas Henry Bishop
Private Thomas Henry Bishop lived with his parents and siblings at 22 Grosvenor Road, a few doors down from the Parkin family. He joined the 5th Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment and sailed to France on 13 February 1915 aboard the same ship as John Ackers.
After receiving trench warfare training, the Battalion gradually made their way across France into Belgium, encountering enemy fire on trench duty. The Battalion participated in the 1st Battle of Ypres, and on 3 May 1915 the troops were moved to a line at Wieltje. After days of heavy fire, the Battalion had suffered great losses.
On 9 May, the majority of the Battalion moved to La Brique with a small machine gun detachment remaining at Wieltje, including Private Bishop; he was killed that day, aged 18. The location of his grave is not known, but he is memorialised on the Menin Gate.
His round aluminium identity tag, on display here, must have been removed from his body by a comrade and returned to his family. It bears his name, number (1954) and unit. ‘C.E’ identifies his religion as Church of England.
An example of the poignant memorial card his parents commissioned to mark his passing survives, and is shown here with his Memorial Plaque.