Tom was the only child of John Robert and Clara Wade. In 1901 they lived at 23 Mount Pleasant Street, Queensbury. 1911 saw the family living at 22 Spring Garden Street, Queensbury. Tom was then aged 13 and in employment as a factory hand (doffer). His father John died in mid-1911 at the age of 38.
The CWGC records show his mother Clara once again lived on Mount Pleasant Street this time at number 22. It has not been possible to trace Clara on any available records, so it is unknown if she remarried or continued to live in the village after the death of her husband and son.
Tom served in the 15th Battalion. West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) and was aged 20 when he was killed in action on 27th March 1918. He is commemorated on the ARRAS MEMORIAL (Bay 4).
On the 27th March the Battalion withdrew to S.E of Moyenvillers and here the enemy made a most determined attack, both of their flanks were “in the air” and the enemy poured through in great numbers and attacked from the rear. A small number of men and four Officers succeeded in making their escape, but the greater part, either through wounds or because of the rapid closing of the circle by the enemy, were unable to withdraw. The war diary records the casualties (all ranks) killed/wounded 106, missing 509.