Lieutenant Thomas Haydock

Biography of Lieutenant Thomas Haydock

Thomas Haydock was born in Dalmarnock in 1890, and was the son of Joseph and Sarah Haydock. His father was the manager of a cotton-spinning mill in Bridgeton, and the family lived at River Bank, River Street, Dalmarnock. Thomas grew up with his older brother George, who went on to be a lecturer with the University of Glasgow's Logic Department.

Prior to the outbreak of war, Thomas worked as a travelling salesman with the Clydevale Oil and Colour Company. He was also a member of the University's OTC, and a keen footballer, playing for Queen's Park Football Club. He enjoyed a successful few months as a footballer - he made his first team debut against Raith Rovers on 25th April 1914, and took part in a tour of Denmark and Sweden with the team in June 1914. In total he made 29 appearances for the club, and scored three times.

When war broke out, Thomas enlisted immediately. He joined the 5th Battalion Cameron Highlanders in September 1914, and continued to play for Queen's Park while receiving his military training. In January 1915, he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, and transferred to the 7th Battalion Scottish Rifles.

His final match for Queen's Park came in October 1915 against Hamilton Academical. He was gazetted to the Middle East, and joined the 7th Battalion in a number of major battles in Gallipoli. In November 1917, Thomas was severely wounded by Turkish bombardment and returned home for an 8 month period of convalescence. During this time he became engaged to Miss Moore of Carmyle.

Thomas rejoined the battalion in August 1918. The Allies were preparing for their "Hundred Day" counter-attack on the German defences - an attack which would eventually lead to the end of the war - and the 7th Battalion were ordered to attack the Hindenburg Line to the West of the village of Queant. Lieutenant Thomas Haydock was injured on the 2nd of September 1918, and died later that day of the wounds he sustained.

On September 13th 1918 the Southern Press reported “Queen’s Park players wore black bands on their arms to show respect for the late Lieut. Tom Haydock, who died from wounds received in action. Tom was a regular playing member in the Hampden club, and was most popular with all followers of the game”. Thomas Haydock is buried in Bac-du-Sud British Cemetery in Bailleulval, France.

Summary

Lieutenant Thomas Haydock
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: Cameronians - Scottish Rifles
Degree: N/A
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/712
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