Thomas Henry Boardman DSO (1877-1917) - Temp Lt Col Royal Inniskilling FusiliersThomas Henry Boardmanwas born on the 16thJanuary 1877 in Lawton, Lancashire the only son of Ellis Chantler Boardman, a farmer, and his first wife Mary Ann (nee Wood).Thomas was a bright boy and after his basic education at Bury Grammar School obtained a county scholarship to Cambridge. He studied Natural Sciences at Peterhouse College, graduating with a BA in 1897.He then went into teaching with posts at Huish School in Somerset and Blair Lodge School in Stirlingshire, and obtained his MA in 1903. In 1906 he was appointed Science Master at Christ’s Hospital in 1906 where he played an active part in school life. He was a housemaster and a member of the Office Training Corps, taking over it’s command in 1909.In 1908 he was also awarded a commission as Lieutenant in the Territorials and on 26thOctober 1914, from his position on the Territorials attached list, was granted a commission as Major (his OTC rank) in the Royal Fusiliers. In late 1915 he was posted with the Regiment to France and Flanders and saw heavy and continued fighting right through until the September of the following year when he was transferred to the command of the 8thBn and soon after promoted to the rank of Temp Lieutenant Colonel.On the 1stJanuary 1917 he was awarded the DSO for “distinguished service in the field” and shortly after married Hannah Street Boardman (his cousin through both paternal and maternal lines) in Leigh, near Manchester.Thomas was still in command of the Battalion in the summer of 1917 when, during the Battle of Pilckem Ridge he was seriously wounded late on the 4th August, dying of his wounds early the following day.Thomas is buried in Brandhoek New Military Cemetery and commemorated on the War Memorial in Radcliffe, Lancashire.For his service he was awarded, in addition to his DSO, the 1914/15 Star, the Victory Medal and the British War Medal. His service record survives and can be found at the National Archives in Kew.