GLOVER, THOMAS FRANCIS 779 L/Cpl ‘D’ Coy 1/4th Bn T.F. 154th Bde 51st Div

THE LOYAL NORTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT

Born Leyland  Enlisted Preston  Living Leyland

Died of Wounds  France / Flanders  28th May 1915

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 50.

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat. 10th July 1915

L/Cpl T. Glover, a member of the Leyland Territorials, who formerly resided in Hewitt Street, died on May 28th as a result of wounds received in action at the Front. He was 20 years of age and was in the Territorials about 2 years before the outbreak of war.

He was connected with the Leyland Congregational Church being a regular attendant at the Young Men’s Classes. A Memorial Service will be held tomorrow morning (July 11th) at the Congregational Church (the Preston Guardian of the same date reports Thomas Glover’s death and adds ‘He died of wounds in a hospital in France’).

Preston Guardian Sat. 17th July 1915

A Memorial Service was held at the Congregational Church, Leyland on Sunday morning for Pte T. Glover. He died of wounds received in action on May 28th. The service was conducted by Mr Rew, and flowers were given by the Young Men’s Bible Class and friends. The floral tributes were afterwards forwarded to the Moor Park Hospital.

Thomas Glover’s name is on the following local memorials:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

United Reformed Memorial, Hough Lane, Leyland

St. Ambrose Memorial, Moss Lane, Leyland

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

L/Cpl Glover is buried in the:-

HINGES MILITARY CEMETERY, FRANCE

Grave Ref: Row A  Grave 25.  No next-of-kin information.

Hinges is a village and commune in the Pas-de-Calais some 5 km north-west of Béthune, and about 800 metres east of the main road from that town to Hazebrouck and Dunkirk. The Communal Cemetery is on the southern side of the village adjoining the Hinges Military Cemetery, a British 1914-1918 War Cemetery.

Leyland St. Andrew’s Baptismal Register

14th Oct. 1894 Bapt.: Thomas Francis son of Edward and Isabella Glover of Leyland, Cab-driver.

Barratt’s Directory of Preston and District 1913 – Leyland

Edward Glover Driver  3 Hewitt Street

Parliamentary Division of Chorley Register of Electors 1918 – Leyland

3 Hewitt Street Edward Glover and Isabella Glover

14th Nov. 1995: Mr Harry Ashurst of Leyland gave me the address of Mr Lionel Glover of Clayton-le-Woods, in an effort to clear up the puzzle of the two names on the War Memorials: Glover, T. and Glover, T.F., as information gathered seems to point to these being one and the same man. Mr Glover said he would try and find out the answer from relatives. However, he was unable to come up with an answer but felt that my assumption, that his uncle had had his name entered as both Glover, T. and Glover, T.F. by mistake, is correct.

‘History of the 1/4th Loyal North Lancs. Regiment’

The Battalion went into the line for the first time on May 25th, 1915 near Festubert. They took their first casualties on the 26th – two men wounded during shelling – and again, on the 27th in the afternoon, six men were wounded. On the 28th two men were wounded, again by shell-fire.

On the 30th May Lt. Bryce Smith and five men were wounded and one man killed: the first man of the Battalion killed in action. In fact, as L/Cpl Glover’s date of death is given as May 28th, it seems that he was the first of the 1/4th Loyals to die in battle (précis).

Note  1:-  The  Glover  family  grave,  which  includes  Thomas’s  parents,  is  in  St.  Andrew’s

Churchyard in the section opposite the West Door: there is no inscription, however, commemorating their son.

Note 2:- In the ‘Soldiers Died’ heading, T.F. = Territorial Force.

Glover, Thomas Francis. WE Waring 2003