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MAILE, Thomas William


Name: Cookham School Lane, Cookham
NIWM Ref: 7925
RBWM Ref: WM151

Person Details

Date of birth: 14/05/1897
Place of birth: St. Ives, Hunts
Gender: Male
Date of death: 16/05/1915
Place of death: Festubert, France
Manner of death: Killed in action
Age at death: 18
CWGC Ref: 854091
TWGPP Ref: 4133793
Address: The Bottom Cookham Dean
Address: Fairview Cottages High Road Cookham Rise

Military details

Military Organisation: Army
Rank: Private
Service Number: L/10635


Brother Charles Edward MAILE
Father Charles R MAILE
Mother Ruth MAILE
Brother Harry MAILE

Additional information

Thomas was serving as a private with the Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment when he was killed on 16th May 1915, two days after his 18th birthday. The Battalion formed part of 7th Division and were engaged in a major dawn assault near Essars, close to Bethune. The casualties began as soon as the men went over the trench parapet. By the end of the day the regimental report states that "the batalion had done what was asked of it but at great cost." The casualty list comprised 11 officers killed or died of wounds, 147 Other Ranks kiled, 237 wounded plus six who died of their wounds during the day and 44 Missing of which two were believed killed - a total of 435 casualties. Thomas was probably one of the latter as he has no grave and his name appears on Le Touret Memorial some eight kilometres north west of Bethune. (Panel 4 and 5.) His elder brother Charles, serving with the 13th Somerset Light Infantry and later as a private with the Coldstream Guards, was reported missing, presumed killed in March 1918 and is listed on the Arras Memorial at Faubourg D'Amiens Cemetery about 30 kilometres due south of where Thomas was killed three years earlier.
Thomas was the middle of three boys born to Charles and Ruth Maile. The family appears to have come from Huntingdonshire where we know that the eldest brother Charles was born in December 1895. Thomas was born on 14th May 1897 (though other records have it as 1898.) On the 1901 census the family were living at the Bottom, Cookham Dean and then by 1911, they had moved to "Fairview" in Cookham Rise. The boys all attended Cookham Dean Primary and then Cookham Rise Secondary School. Thomas and his younger brother James left school in 1910 - James in the July that year when he was only 13. The reason given was "left district". (Their name was spelt MAYLE in Cookham Rise Records.) The previous year, in 1909 their mother Ruth became an inmate of the Berkshire Asylum in Wallingford so their father may have taken them out of school for this reason to earn money labouring. Charles Maile Senior also signed up towards the end of the War, after he had lost his elder sons. He was eventually discharged from the Worcester Regiment in 1920.


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