36375 Pte Thomas EVERITT M.M. 13th York and Lancaster Regiment.
Killed In Action 30th September 1918.
Thomas EVERITT was born at Rawmarsh, Rotherham in 1889. We can track him in the census records as follows:- 1891 he was living at Bradburys Farm Rotherham. 1901 now at 1 Arondale Road Rotherham, a grocers store. 1911 at 67 Frederick St Rotherham.
Thomas was by trade a butcher and on the 18th February 1911 he would marry Miss Annie EDWARDS at Kimberworth Church and move to their marital home, 122 Selbourne Street Rotherham.
Aged 27 Thomas would answer the call and enlisted on 11th December 1915 but was not called up for duty until 27th September 1916 at Pontefract. He was posted to the reserve but quickly found himself amongst the ranks of the 13th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment, the 1st Barnsley Pals. By this time Thomas and Annie had had their first and only child Muriel who was born a month earlier on the 10th August 1916. Very sadly Muriel would pass away aged only 1.
On the 18th December 1916 entered the Western Front theatre of operations.
On the 15th September 1918 Thomas would earn the Military Medal for bravery in the field. At this time his battalion where in the Ploegsteert sector and were sending out regular patrols to detect enemy activity. This was in preparation for a forthcoming attack on the enemy. It was on one such patrol that Thomas’ section would encounter an enemy working party and subsequent events would lead to the award of the M.M. Below is an extract from the Rotherham Advertiser giving details of Thomas’ actions.
The award would appear posthumously in the London Gazette dated 13th February 1919.
On the 29th September 1918 the fateful attack as far as Thomas was concerned would unfold in the area of the River Lys and Messines. ‘A’ Coy supported by ‘B’ and ‘C’ would lead the assault towards the enemy as they were expected to retreat from the main assault by British and French troops in other area’s. The 13th York Lancs were to lose 1 officer and 6 other ranks over the 2 days of the assault.
Thomas now lies in the La Kreule Military Cemetery Hazebrouck.