Thomas Bottomley

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Service number:
Lance Corporal
Leicestershire Regiment
Date of birth:
Date of death:
29 September 1916
Age at Death:

Known information

Lance Corporal Thomas Bottomley, his brother Edward and his cousin Joseph Sullivan, who lived next door in Exton, were all killed in the First World War. Thomas was the elder son of John and Annie Bottomley who lived at 71, Stamford End. He was a farm worker before joining up on 19 June 1915 with the 6th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment. He went to the Western Front on 14 July 1915 and he served there until he was killed in action in September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. His battalion was occupying the newly captured village of Gueudecourt. On 29 September, the 6th Leicestershires were replaced by the 7th Battalion. The war diary states: "A certain number of casualties were caused to both Battns by enemy's bombardment of the village and its approaches." Thomas has no known grave and is remembered on Pier 3A of the Thiepval Memorial and on the war memorial in Exton.

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  • Exton Church
  • Exton Internal Memorial
  • Exton Garden of Remembrance RR4
  • Exton Garden of Remembrance RR1
  • Thiepval Memorial
  • Pier 3a
  • T Bottomley

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Growing up in Kettering in the early 1970's Thomas and Edwards brother, George Bottomley, rented half of the garden that was attached to our house. He lived in Alfred street.I remember he was very tall, and very kind, and would often have a cup of tea with my mum in the kitchen. He would come round every Christmas Day for dinner as he lived on his own by then. He said in the First World War that he joined up with his best friend and they put thruppenny bits in their spurs, so they made a noise walking down the street to attract the girls! He worked with horses and 'went in' with the first tanks. He was injured and taken to a German hospital, For several days they kept asking him were he was from but he refused to say, until , finally, one of the Doctors explained he had worked in Stamford before the war and thought he recognised a local accent! He made my brother and I a see-saw to use in his section of the garden, which was fenced off, where he also had a shed and greenhouse, and taught me how to grow tomatoes and other vegetables. He also grew flowers, but mostly runner beans and potatoes, and used sheep shearers to keep the edges of the lawn perfectly cut. I think he died in 1983-1984. I will always remember him as a kind, and patient, gentleman.
By lizra on Saturday 1st January '22 at 8:40pm
Thank you Lizra - Their brother Charlie was my Grandad, great to find that someone that remembers them all.
By isseb on Tuesday 5th July '22 at 1:59pm

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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