Lance Corporal Thomas Myerscough
Born 7 Dec 1891
Died 26 Sept 1916
Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser
October 14th 1916
Lance Corporal Tom Myerscough, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, is reported killed in action on September 26th.
He was 24 years of age and joined the Army in September 1914. He went to France in August 1915 and was wounded on July 1st and returned again in seven weeks time.
He was formerly an overlooker at Messrs Lawrence's Mill.
The news has been conveyed in letters from three of his comrades, Privates Amos Scott, S Foster and Leo Catterall.
The first named says:- 'He was a good lad and so kind hearted. He lost his life trying to save another. He had gone out to fetch in a man who had been wounded. He was bringing him in, and the same sniper killed the wounded man. Tom had to run for it, but was caught by the sniper twice before he landed our trench.'
Private L Catterall, Railway Road, Chorley, who is now in a Liverpool hospital has written saying:-'Tom Myerscough was killed the same morning that I was wounded in the afternoon. I was with him until he died. He died a good death. He had seen a wounded lad keep rising up in No Man's Land about 500 yards away and Tom set off to go and bring him in. The lad had been there from the charge the night before. They succeeded in getting the lad part way back when he died in their arms and they had to leave him. I didn't know he had gone until I happened to look over the parapet and saw him in the distance. He had just got back to the the parapet when a sniper shot him through the stomach. and he died in about 10 minutes time. I was appointed to be one of the men to bury him, but got wounded.
Private J F Reed also writes saying that Private Myerscough was well thought off by his officers and comrades. The deed which he tried to accomplish was well worth recommendation.
The parents of Lance Corporal Myerscough live at 3 Commercial Road Chorley.
He was a member of the Parish Church Institute and attended the Parish Church.
His brother, Private James Edward Myerscough is in the Army Ordnance Corps.
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