“Proud of his share”- Thomas Alfred Leggott died during the Battle of the Somme

Thomas Alfred Leggott

Title: Thomas Alfred Leggott
Description: Doncaster Gazette, 21st July 1916 by-nc

Thomas Alfred Leggott’s family lived on Nether Hall Road in Doncaster. Before the First World War Thomas was a pupil at Doncaster Grammar School.

After leaving school he worked as a sign writer at the wagon works in Doncaster.  He was also a chorister at St. Mary’s Church and was in the Philharmonic Glee Society.  He played cricket locally for West End Club, the Plant Works and Balby.

He joined the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in November 1914 and was known as a proficient signaller.  Thomas went to France in November 1915.  He was wounded during the first few days of the Battle of the Somme and later died of these wounds in hospital on 7th July 1916.

The doctor who tended to him in hospital wrote to his family.  The doctor described how Thomas had said “how proud he was of his share in the big battle”.  He was 31 when he died.

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