THOMAS MCNAUGHT written by Linda Trim
Thomas was on the Hoylake & West Kirby Advertiser list of war dead in 1922 for the Hoylake & West Kirby area, but in fact never lived in North West Wirral.
Thomas was the youngest of seven children of Mr & Mrs George Wood McNaught of 15 Allcott Avenue, Birkenhead, Wirral. He was born in Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland in 1892, but by the 1901 census the family was in Cheshire, living at 32 Kirkland Avenue, Birkenhead. They moved to Allcott Avenue sometime after 1911. George McNaught was an Inspector of Ships’ Provisions on the 1911 census, by which time Thomas was living away from home, training to become a teacher.
When the Great War, broke out, Thomas was teaching in Rock Ferry, but played football for Hoylake as well as occasionally playing for St. Marks – Tranmere Rovers. He probably played for Hoylake because his brother George W McNaught married Linda Bird, who was from Hoylake, thus the connection to this locality.
He attested in September 1914 to the 10th (Scottish Battalion), King’s Liverpool Regiment, as Private number 3612, and was killed on March 12th 1915 in the trenches whilst running with bandages to help other wounded comrades. He is remembered on the Menin Gate in Ypres, which is a memorial to those who died in the area for whom there is no grave.
The Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium
He is also listed on the Birkenhead War Memorial in Hamilton Square.
Birth: January 1892, Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Death: Mar 12th 1915 in Belgium
Address: 15, Allcott Avenue, Birkenhead, Cheshire
Unit: 10th Battalion (Scottish) King’s Liverpool Regiment
Number and Rank: 3612, Private
Medals: 1914/15 Star, British and Victory
Commemorated: Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium; Birkenhead War Memorial, Hamilton Square, Birkenhead
Sources: MC, BR, Prob