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Thomas Henry Boardman DSO (1877-1917) - Temp Lt Col Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Thomas   Henry   Boardman    was   born   on   the   16 th    January   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   26 th    October   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   8 th    Bn   and   soon   after   promoted   to   the   rank   of   Temp Lieutenant Colonel. On   the   1 st    January   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 4 th  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.
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