‚ÄčRoyton Roll of Honour

Service No:15260
Date of Death:11/07/1917
Regiment:Manchester Regiment
Unit:24th Bn.
Mory Abbey Military Cemetery
Grave Reference:II. J. 8.

Tom Cockroft Bennett was born in Sharron,Pensylvania.His parents were from Oldham and had emigrated out there for a few years before deciding to come back home. Tom married Emily Heywood in 1899 at St.Paul's in Oldham. At some point in the new century the family moved to Boundary Road in Longsight. Tom and Emily had five children together but unfortunately two were to die in infancy. Before signing up with the Oldham Comrades (aka 24th Manchesters) he was a bobbin carrier at the Melrose Mill in Oldham.

Tom joined up in 1915 and was a member of C Company of the 24th. During the Third Battle of Ypres  the battalion was working in the Sanctuary Wood area, preparing the access for the attacking troops under shell fire from the German lines and providing guides.It was during this period that Tom was killed. Dying on the same day was Private A.Compston - 27479 - 24 years old - from Failsworth.