From Hoole History and Heritage Society



Regiment: King’s Liverpool attached 15 Bn Lancashire Fusiliers

Rank: 2nd Lieutenant

Died: 30 September 1918

Aged: 30

Buried/Memorial: Uplands Cemetery Magny La Fosse France

Address: 19 Hamilton Street, Hoole (from 1911 Census)

(Photograph Birkenhead News 19 October 1918 - With very special thanks to David Horne)

According to "On the Borderline: Official History of Chester City F.C." by Chas Sumner, Thomas played 28 times in goal for Chester FC during seasons 1912-13 and 1913-14. These included 23 Lancashire Combination league games, 3 FA Cup and 2 Welsh Cup ties.

Cheshire Observer 19 October 1918



“Heartfelt sympathy will be extended to Mr and Mrs John Carline of Lea Holmes Lea by Backford on the loss of their third son Lieut Thomas Carline, Kings Liverpool Regiment killed in action on September 30th. The late lieutenant was well known to the followers of the Chester Football Club where he occupied the position of goalkeeper a year or so before the war. Lieut Carline volunteered in August 1914 joining the “Liverpool Pals”. He soon became a great favourite with his regiment and before embarking for France in 1915 had been made a sergeant. Through the terrible battles of the Somme he passed unscathed. He was subsequently appointed Company Quartermaster Sergeant and remained in France until December 1917 when he came home to train for a commission which he afterwards received. At the time of his receiving orders for abroad in Sept last he was stationed at Henham Park Camp Wangford Suffolk. He was known as a good sportsman, large hearted, cheerful, brave, a typical Englishman. “We have got them licked” was his smiling reply to all enquiries as to the progress of the war. In civil life the late lieutenant was a clerk employed by Messrs. Lever Brothers, Liver Buildings, Liverpool. In December last Lieut Carline married Miss Edith Marian Hallam of Port Sunlight to whom the deepest sympathy is expressed. Mr John Carline it will be remembered retired from the post of chief clerk at Chester Post Office in 1910.”

Liverpool Post and Mercury 18 October 1918


CARLINE – September 30, killed in action, aged 30 years, Sec-Lieut TOM CARLINE, Lancashire Fusiliers, late Pals, the dearly loved husband of Edith Marian Carline, 16 Church Drive Port Sunlight.”