Tom Dunderdale

lincolnshire regimental badgeLance Corporal, 9865, 6th (Service) Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, killed in action, 7th August 1915, aged 20

Born at Thorne in December 1894, Tom was the eldest son of Joseph Abbott and his second wife Mary Elizabeth Dunderdale (nee Yates). His father was a locomotive engine driver from Thorne and his mother was from Sykehouse, Goole. Tom had a total of nine siblings and half-siblings and the family had moved to Keadby around 1896 where they lived in Station Road.

Prior to enlisting in the Lincolnshire Regiment at Scunthorpe in 1914, Tom worked as a caller-upper for the Grand Central Railway.

Tom served with the 6th (Service) Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. Formed at Lincoln in August 1914, the 6th Lincoln’s were part of the 33rd Brigade in 11th (Northern) Division Their first involvement in the war was being despatched to the Dardanelles to support the stalemate on the Gallipoli Peninsular. The 2nd Lincoln’s arrived in the Balkans on 18th July 1915 and saw their first action in the landings at Suvla Bay on 7th August, which culminated in the disastrous action against the Turkish positions on Anafarta Ridge on 9th August. In total they suffered over four hundred casualties, including Tom Dunderdale on his first day of active service.

Tom has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli.

Tom is commemorated on both Althorpe War Memorials.