HEALEY Thomas Edward

Known information

Thomas Edward Healey was born at Exton on 20 July 1894, the son of Robert Healey and his wife. The family went on to live at Whitwell. Thomas was in private service until he enlisted into the Leicestershire Regiment in September 1914, a month after war was declared. He went to France in June 1915, and he fought in many of the First World War's key battles on the Western Front, at Loos, the Somme and Ypres. He was killed by a sniper's bullet at Bullecourt on 4 May 1917 aged 22 in the big Arras offensive. His body was never found and so he is remembered on Bay 5 of the Arras Memorial. Whitwell shares a war memorial with Exton, particularly appropriate for Thomas with his links to both villages. After the war his parents were recorded as living in Great Casterton.

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  • Whitwell Church
  • Exton Garden of Remembrance RR4
  • Exton Garden of Remembrance RR1
  • Arras Memorial
  • Arras memorial
  • T E Healey

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A picture of his name on the memorial, taken 19 March 2016.
By John Stokes on Saturday 19th March '16 at 10:19pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
I am a niece of Thomas Edward Healey although he died before I was born. He was the younger brother of my father Bertie Robert Healey who also fought in the First World War and was severely wounded and returned to England to be treated at the Leeds Royal Infirmiary where he stayed for many months. He lived the remainder of his life with a bullet lodged near to his heart. Thomas was one of six children being my father Bertie, Ethel, Thomas, Millicent, Frank and Maud.
By Pippa on Wednesday 31st August '16 at 5:36pm

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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