FINCH, THOMAS 83347 Gunner ‘D’ Battery 67th Brigade

THE ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY

Born Preston  Enlisted Preston  Living Leyland

Died Malta   16th July 1916

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 2.

Chorley Weekly News 5th August 1916

A report of the death of Pte T. Finch, 21 Grundy Street, Leyland appears in this issue stating that he died in hospital at Malta, 16th July 1916, in his 22nd year. The report goes on to say that Pte Finch enlisted in the R.F.A. in the second week of the war. After serving in Gallipoli he proceeded to Salonika where he contracted enteric fever which eventually caused his death. He was formerly employed at the Leyland and Birmingham Rubber Works.

Thomas Finch’s name appears on the following local memorials:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

St. Ambrose Memorial, Moss Lane, Leyland

Mural Plaque in St. Ambrose, Leyland.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thomas Finch is buried in the:-

PIETA MILITARY CEMETERY, MALTA

Grave Ref: Plot IX  Row C  Grave 5.

Age 22, son of William and Sarah Finch, 21 Grundy Street, Chapel Brow, Leyland.

Leyland St. Andrew’s Parish Magazine September 1894

August 17th, 1894 Bapt:  Tom son of William and Sarah Finch.

Note:- Although in ‘Soldiers Died’ Tom Finch is shown as ‘Living in Preston’, he was, in fact, living in Leyland. There are several cases of this error in the record of WW1 casualties in Leyland and Farington (St. Ambrose): one can only surmise how this came about. I have corrected this error when I have been sure of the facts.

Finch, Thomas. WE Waring 2003