Rank: Lance Bombardier
Date of Death: 8 October 1918

Lance Bombardier Ladley is commemorated on three War Memorials in the Stockport area -  Heaton Moor, South Reddish and the main town Memorial at the Art Gallery. The presumed date of his death and his rank is taken form the 1920 edition of the Cheshire Year book.

However, no official record of his death either abroad on active service or in England or Wales has been found. Furthermore, the medal records at the National Archives do not include anyone of this name and initial listed with an entitlement in respect of his overseas service. He is not commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

He is believed to have been Thomas Albert Ladley who was born in Levenshulme in 1884. When the 1901 Census was taken, the Ladley’s had moved to Stockport and were living at 12 Bankfield Street in the Lancashire Hill area of town. Francis and Mary Ladley had nine children living at home. 17 year old Thomas was working as paper packer.

It is possible that, for some reason, Thomas enlisted under an assumed name and is “hiding” in the records. He may, of course, have never served abroad and, perhaps, died in Scotland or Ireland where records are not easily accessible online at the time of writing. Unless further information comes to light, his death is likely to remain a mystery.

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