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Thomas Marshall Iley (1895-1918)

From Wolsingham, served with 15th Battalion DLI, killed in action 1918

Thomas Marshall Iley was killed on 6 October 1918. The following is a transcript from the battalion war diary for that day. Abbreviations and explanations have been added in square brackets:

Montecouvez Farm 6 October
At 0300 Bn HQ [Battalion headquarters] moved off to S 5 b 9 3. At 0500 the Bn attacked without Artillery support. The Bn came under very heavy MG [machine gun] fire and eventually established a line on the road running SE [southeast] from MONTECOUVEX [actually Montecouvez] FARM to T 1 b. During the day a footing was gained in the BEAUREVOIR LINE at T 1 b 5 2 and 100 yards of the Trench was manned. Possession was also obtained of the trench running from the Road to MORTHO WOOD. The Bn came under very heavy Trench Mortar and Machine Gun fire in this position. Communication was obtained with the 1st EAST YORKS on the lest and the 38th Divn [division] on the right. By night the Bn re-organised and the line was re-arranged.

The National Archives, 15 DLI War Diary, WO 95/2161/1

Research compiled about Thomas Marshall Iley can be found in the display at Brandon British Legion:

Electoral Register:
Register No: 2638
Forename: Thomas Marshall
Surname: Iley
Parliamentary Division: Barnard Castle
Polling District: EE – Wolsingham
Parish: Wolsingham
Date: October-1918
Reference: October-1918

Civil Parish: Wolsingham

Birth date: 1895

Death date: 06-Oct-1918

Armed force/civilian: Army

Residence: Meadhope Street, Wolsingham (1911 census)

Employment: Apprentice blacksmith at steelworks (1911 census)

Family: Parents: Thomas P Iley, Mary Ann Iley
Siblings: Florrie Iley, Winnie Iley (1911 census)

Military service:

1849 later 250104
Enlisted May 1913 with E Company, 6th Durham Light Infantry
Entered France and Flanders 19 April 1915
Transferred to 15th Battalion
Promoted to corporal
Killed in Action 6 October 1918, Age 23

Medal(s): 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Memorial(s): Wolsingham, Market Place, cross
Church of Saint Mary and Saint Stephen, Church Lane, Wolsingham, plaque
Buried Plot 1, Row C, Grave 4. Wellington Cemetery Rieux-en-Cambresis
Brandon British Legion, Back John St North, Meadowfield

Gender: Male

Contributed by John Sheen | Paul Colbourne | Durham County Record Office |

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