Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Leeds, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

General information

Last known residence:
Blackpool, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom

Army information

England, United Kingdom
British Expeditionary Force
Service number:
Enlistment place:
Halifax, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
 —  Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), 1/5th Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Zonnebeke Lake, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Perth Cemetery (China Wall)
Plot: V
Row: A
Grave: 18

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 4

#1 Place of birth
#2 Last known residence
#3 Enlistment place
#4 ‘Place of death’

My story

Tom Crawshaw Tetley, a former boiler stoker, was born on February 17, 1884 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. He was the son of Thomas and Jane Tetley. He was married to Emily Silkstone on April 22, 1905 and had three sons. He lived in Marton, Blackpoool, Lancashire. He enlisted in Halifax, West Yorkshire. He served in the 1/5th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own), part of the 146th (West Riding) Brigade of the 49th (West Riding) Division.

The Battalion was positioned near Broodseinde Ridge, from November 7, 1918 onwards, and provided working parties. On November 10, the Battalion was detailed to collect sufficient barbed wire and pickets for 1000 yards of double-apron fence, during which they were heavily shelled. On November 11, the Battalion provided working parties as the previous days. It was a fairly quiet day with only slight shelling. The Battalion was relieved in the evening.

Tom, aged 34, was killed in action on March 11, 1918. Private Tetley was initially buried where he fell, near Zonnebeke Lake (28.D.28.a.40.50). After the war, his remains were exhumed and reinterred in the Perth China Wall Cemetery, Plot V, Row A, Grave 18.

Sources 2

1/5th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), WO 95/2794/1).
Sources used
War Office: Soldiers’ Documents, First World War (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), WO 363).
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