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In Memory of

Lance Corporal Thomas Caine

1607
"C" Coy., 6th Battalion, Connaught Rangers
Killed in Action 8th September 1916 Age 40

Lance Corporal Thomas Caine was the eldest son of Mr. Thomas Caine and Mrs. Donnelly of 41, Birch Street, Earlestown. His father was killed in the Wood Pit, Haydock, on July 21st 1898. The family was living at that time in Legh Street where the young Thomas was born 22 years earlier.

He went to St. Mary's RC school then worked at Old Boston Pit as a drawer to his father. He was an expert billiards player.

Thomas enlisted through the Earlestown Office on 4th November 1914, just a month after the outbreak of war. He trained in Fermoy, in Ireland. According to the obituary published in the NEG on 6th October 1916, he got his stripe during a training period and left for France on December 20th 1915.

Thomas was killed during the Battles of the Somme and his name is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial.