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VC1097    Thomas Neely

Name   Thomas Neely     No.      

VC Issue No.   1097   Awards   VC   MM

Regiment   King's Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment, 8th Battalion, D Company, No. 15 Platoon

Later   King's Own Royal Border Regiment

Now   The Duke of Lancasters Regiment  

Rank VC Won   Corporal

Rank End Of Career   Lance-Sergeant

Place Of Birth   13 Tabor Street, Poulton-cum-Seacombe, Wallasey, Cheshire, England

Place Of Death   Rumilly, near Flesquieres, France

Buried/Location Ashes   Masnieres British Cemetery, Marcoing, 4 miles south-west of Cambrai, Nord, France


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone   Headstone (CWGC)   Plot/Grave no.   Plot 2, Row B, Grave 21

Gazetted   14 December 1918

VC Presented   27 February 1920 by King George V at Buckingham Palace, London, England to his parents, James Herbert (or Joseph Henry) & Mary Agnes


P  Headstone, Masnieres British Cemetery, Marcoing, 4 miles south-west of Cambrai, Nord, France

P  Memorial Plaque, The Priory, Lancaster, Lancashire

P  Named on War Memorial, Panel 63, Liverpool Town Hall,  Liverpool. Merseyside

Named on War Memorial, J Bibby&Sons Ltd, Now Cargill Brocklebank Mill, Regent Road, Bootle, Merseyside

P  Wirral Victoria Cross Memorial, Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, Wirrel

P  Victoria Cross Paving Stone, by War Memorial, Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, The Wirral

P  Victoria Cross Alcove, Town Hall, Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, The Wirral

By The Way…

When he first joined up, he joined a Bantam Battalion, the Bantam Battalions took men on who were between 4ft 10 to 5ft 3,  the height for a soldier being 5ft 3in tall

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BORN   28 March 1897

DIED   1 October 1918  AGE   21

VC Won   27 September 1918   AGE   21

Place VC Won   Flesquieres, France

War/Campaign   First World War 1918

The First World War