Coleshill Remembers World War 1
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Entry for Private Thomas O'Grady
3rd and 2nd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers
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Thomas O’Grady was born in 1895 to Mary O’Grady. By 1901 he was living in the St Paul’s Home for Boys in Coleshill. In October 1909, aged 14, Thomas moved to the St Vincent’s Home on Moseley Road, Birmingham, where he worked for Messrs. H. J. Pratt & Co., Skinner Lane, as an Art Metal Worker. In April 1913 Thomas left St Vincent’s to join the Army. Thomas O’Grady enlisted in Bury, Lancashire, giving his home address as Middlewich, Cheshire (probably his mother’s address). Private O’Grady served initially with the 3rd (Service Battalion) of the Lancashire Fusiliers. He later joined the 2nd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, probably as part of a draft of reinforcements, and first served in France on the 8th January 1915. Private O’Grady was killed in action on the 7th July 1915 and is remembered on Panel 33 of the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the 1915 Star, British War and Allied Victory medals, and is also remembered on the Memorial in the Church of the Sacred Heart and St Teresa, Coleshill.
St Vincent’s Journal No.21, 1915. “Thomas O’Grady was admitted to St Vincent’s in October 1909. He was one of St Vincent’s best football players and a great favourite with all. He left to join the army in April 1913. His colonel wrote to St Vincent’s informing us of his death in action. RIP.”
Birmingham Daily Mail 27th and 28th September 1915 “LOCAL ROLL OF HONOUR Information has been received by relatives of the deaths of:- Private Thomas O’Grady (20), Lancashire Fusiliers. He was a member of St Vincent’s Home, Moseley Road, Birmingham. His sister, who resides in Birmingham, is asked to communicate with Mr Beck, the superintendent.”