The Men – Thomas Worsley

Private 18258, 3rd Bn. Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment), died Saturday 24 April 1915, aged 23.  He was the son of William and Matilda Worsley, 152 Chorley Old Road, Bolton and cousin of William Alker.  He is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ieper, panel 18.

Baptism at St Paul’s Adlington 11 October 1891

Thomas Worsley, born 18 September 1891

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser 21 October 1916

Official information has been received by the parents of Private Thomas Worsley (Canadian Division) 77 Snowden-street, Bolton, formerly of Chorley, that their elder son is now reported killed after being missing since the battle of Ypres, where the Canadians covered themselves with glory, on May 2nd 1915.  He had been in Canada three years when war broke out. He enlisted in the Edmonton Fusiliers at Alberta two days after war was declared, coming to England in October 1914.  Formerly he was employed as a gardener on Sir William Lever’s estate at Rivington.  When in Chorley he attended St Peter’s Church and was connected with the Lads’ Brigade.


Worsley:- Private Thomas Worsley, Canadian Division (18258) reported missing May 2nd 1915 now reported dead, aged 23 years, dearly beloved and eldest son of Mr and Mrs Worsley, 77 Snowden-street, Bolton.

“If we could have raised his dying head
Or heard his last farewell,
The grief would not have been so hard
For those who loved him well.  

Fold him, O Father, in Thine arms,
And let him henceforth be
A messenger of love between
Our aching hearts and Thee.”

Deeply mourned by Father, Mother and Family

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser 28 April 1917

WORSLEY:- In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Private Thomas Worsley, Canadians, who made the great sacrifice, April 1915.

“We mourn for you dear son and brother,
No eyes can see us weep,
For many a silent tear we’ve shed
While others are asleep.”

Sadly missed by Father, Mother and Family – 77 Snowden-street, Bolton

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser 27 April 1918

WORSLEY: – In loving memory of our dearly loved son and brother Private Thomas Worsley, Canadians, presumed to have died in action, April 24th-26th 1915.

“Oh true brave heart, God bless thee,
Whereso’er in God’s whole universe thou art today.”

Sadly missed by Father, Mother and Family, 77 Snowden-street, Bolton