The Town Council is trying to trace descendants/ relatives of Thomas Tallentire. Early in WW1, Tom joined the 15th. Battalion DLI, and then was attached to the I.B.D – Infantry Base Depot as a yellow arm-banded instructor (canary) at Etaples. Tom put the new drafts through their paces. He was then sent back into the line with the 14th. Battalion DLI and won the Military Medal for Bravery in the Field at Cambrai in November 1917. Promoted to Corporal and section commander he was killed-in-action on the flank command with his company from the 19th. Battalion DLI (Bantams) during the German Spring offensive in March 1918.
Tom, the pit man proved to be an exceptional soldier, a mentor and leader of men who paid the ultimate price, he holds a cherished place in the history of our town. He is remembered on the plaques at Memorial Park in South Moor. We believe that Thomas’s family may still live in the Stanley area and we would love to make contact with any relatives and would be very keen to find any photographs of him. If you can help, please Contact Us