Unexamined Lives

The story of the 20th century as lived by residents in the Derbyshire village of Borrowash

Longdon, Thomas

Note: Thomas Longden’s surname is spelt “Longdon” on the War Memorial and does not match that in the official military records.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Rank: Private
Service No: 17770
Date of Death: 23/02/1915
Age: 21
Regiment/Service: Grenadier Guards, 2nd Bn.
Grave Reference: II. D. 25.
Cemetery: CUINCHY COMMUNAL CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Longden, of 29, Canal St., Derby.

Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919

Name: Thomas Longden
Birth Place: Spondon, Derby
Death Date: 23-Feb-15
Death Location: France & Flanders
Enlistment Location: Derby
Rank: GDSN.
Regiment: Grenadier Guards
Battalion: 2nd Battalion
Number: 17770
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

One Response to Longdon, Thomas

  1. Sylvia A Millington says:

    Thomas was my great uncle his name was spelt Longden as my grandad (his brother)took great pains to point out to me (DEN not DON) maybe because of the misspelling on the war memorial though I wouldn’t know as he never talked about his family probably because it was too painful his brother Archie is at the foot of the previous column to Thomas.Archie’s surname is spelt correctly. Thomas is remembered on the Thiepval memorial .what I ascertain from the war diaries KIA or MPD 13/07/1916 at Trones Wood during mass confusion in the trenches ‘the battalion lost about 20 men on the way up to the attack A SMALL NUMBER considering the new shallow trench. Archie Longden’s grave is at in Norfolk Cemetry Becordel Becourt near where he was killed in explosion on mining duties 20/10/1915. This is a serene little Cemetry in a peaceful location and as with all CWG impeccably maintained.

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