Dalton-le-Dale History Society 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers

Private Thomas Oram.

Reg No ; 15506
2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers
[ City of London ] Formerly 66611 RFA

Died of Wounds March 10th 1917, Aged 29.
Remembered with Honour at St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen.
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St Andrews Church. Dalton le Dale.
Murton Cenotaph.

Born 1889 and Baptised in St Andrews Church Dalton le Dale, Thomas lived with his parents Christopher and Margaret Ann, brothers John James, Rogers, Christopher, Richard, Sisters Mary, Rachael, Sarah Hannah, and Margaret at Church Cottage, Dalton le Dale. His father Christopher was the Church Caretaker, and Mother Margaret Ann, laundered the choir’s robes

October 12th 1912, aged 24, Thomas married Catherine Short Henderson aged 19 in St Andrews Church. Thomas and Catherine were resident in 6 St Cuthberts Terrace and he continued to be employed as a coal miner putter at Murton Colliery

October 24th 1915 Thomas joined the Fusiliers.

Embarking for Gallipoli landing at Cape Helles, they were involved in heavy fighting until the evacuation on the nights of the 7th and 8th of January 1916 when they returned to Egypt.

March 1916 aged 26, he moved to France landing at Marseilles where the Division was engaged in various actions on the Western Front including The Battle of Albert, The Battle of the Transloy Ridges

July 1917 they went into action in the Battles of the Somme. The regiment were in action at the The First, Second and Third Battle of the Scarpe during the Arras Offensive, then moved to Flanders and fought in the The Battle of Langemarck,

March 10th 1917 aged 29yrs, Thomas died of his wounds in Flanders.