2nd Lieutenant Thomas Humphries
Born. Bradford, Yorkshire, 1897.
Killed In Action, 1st July 1916.
Thomas Humphries was the second son of Edward and Elizabeth Humphries of Percy Lund, Humphries & Co, Ltd, printers of Bradford. He was educated at Bradford Grammar School and St George’s Harpenden.
In October 1914, aged 17, he enlisted as a Private in C Company, 1st/6th West Yorkshire Regiment, a territorial battalion, more commonly known as the Bradford rifles. He served with the 1st/6th Battalion at Marske, Ripon and France.
On the 15th April 1915, Thomas along with all his own “Pals” of the 6th Battalion boarded a ship bound for France. He served at the front with this battalion for nine months until January 1916 when he was sent for Officer training and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 15th West Yorkshire Regiment, “Leeds Pals”.
He was only with the “Pals” for 3 weeks when on the 1st July 1916 he was killed leading his men in the attack on Serre Village. (Battle of the Somme)
Thomas’s elder brother E.B. Humphries, also served with the 6th West Yorks, as a Lieutenant and survived the war.
Thomas's body was never officially found and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.