Regiment : 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 11083
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 31st July 1917
Buried : Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium, Grave XVI. G. 7A.
Relatives : Husband of Annie Elizabeth Mann, of Finstall, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
Memorial : Worcester St Stephen's Church
Also appears on : Hallow school. Hallow St Philip and St James's Church with the information: Q.M. Sergt. 1st Worcs. Regt.
Credits : Additional information researched and transcribed by Hallow History Group. Berrow's Worcester Journal Supplement researched by Sandra Taylor.
Thomas Mann enlisted from Malvern College in 1906. He was a former member of Hallow Choir.
A photograph of Q.M.S. T. Mann can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 8th September 1917, available at Worcestershire Archives.
The following information has been researched by Geoff Hill:
Hallow Road, Hallow
Thomas Oliver Mann, aged 11
At the same address: Thomas, bricklayer’s labourer, mother, 3 brothers and 1 sister
Albany Barracks, Parkhurst, Isle of Wight.
Thomas Oliver Mann, aged 21, Lance Corporal, Worcestershire Regiment
Thomas Mann was a Regular Soldier in the 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment. His Medal Roll Index Card records him as Corporal, first entered active service 5th November 1914. Subsequently he is noted as promoted to Colour Sergeant.
The 31st July 1917 was the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres (Battle of Passchendaele). On that day the 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment was involved in the attack on Westhoek, from the front line position at Zouave Wood, and on through Sanctuary Wood, Hooge and Chateau Wood. This action was part of the attempt to dislodge German forces from the (comparatively) higher ground on the ridges to the east and north-east of Ypres. The action was mostly successful, but at a high cost in casualties.