Born: 5 November 1890 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and was baptised in St Alkmund`s Church on 4 March 1891.
Family: He was the sixth of eight children born to John Beech, a railway signalman, and his wife Hannah, nee Mann. He married Mary Ann Fletcher in Quarter 2 1918 at All Saint`s Church, Glossop, Derbyshire and together they had 2 children – Alice and Arthur.
Residence: On both the 1891 and 1901 Censuses his address was given as 3 Waymills, Whitchurch, Shropshire. The same address was on his 1915 Attestation Document. By 1923 he had moved to Stalybridge, Lancashire. At the time of his death in 1939 his home was stated as being 93 Burton, Newtown, New Mills, Derbyshire.
Employment: At his Attestation his occupation was said to have been a footman but after his discharge from the Army he joined the London and North Western Railway as a labourer, possibly in 1917. In Kelly`s 1923 Directory for Stalybridge, Lancashire his occupation was given that of beer and wine retailer.
Died: 25 August 1939 in New Mills, Derbyshire, aged 50.
Regiment: Highland Light Infantry
Service Number: 4566
Date of Enlistment: 20 August 1915
Date of Discharge: 30 June 1916
Reason for Discharge: Illness
Other Information: Thomas had three brothers , Ernest, Midgley and John who also fought in WW1.
He was issued with a Silver War Badge on 1 March 1917 after being discharged from the Army as he suffered from epilepsy.
He appears to have contracted malaria at some time during his military service.