|1. Memorial:||Loos Memorial||Panel 53 to 56. Loos|
|2. Book:||The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918||Pg.123|
|3. Memorial:||The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour||58B/60C GQS|
Awards & Titles:
Education & Career :
- The First World War 1914-1918, World-wide.
|Unit / Ship / Est.: 7/King's Own Scottish Borderers|
7th (Service) Battalion Formed at Berwick-on-Tweed in September 1914 as part of K2 and attached to 46th Brigade in 15th (Scottish) Division. Moved to Bordon and in February 1915 went into billets at Winchester. Moved to Park House and Chisledon Camps (Salisbury Plain) in April 1915. Landed at Boulogne 10 July 1917. 28 May 1916 : in Bethune, merged with 8th Bn to form 7/8th.
|Action : The Battle of Loos and associated actions|
"The Battle of Loos (25 September to 18 October 1915) was the major battle on the Western Front in 1915, surpassing in every respect all that had gone before in terms of numbers of men and materiel committed to battle. The preliminary bombardment was the most violent to date and the battle was charaterised by the committment of Regular and Territorial battalions on a large scale, in which the Territorials performed just as well as the Regulars. As the battles on the Western Front in 1915 increased in size and violence, so the casualties increased in proportion: Neuve Chapelle 12,000, Aubers Ridge/Festubert 29,000 , Loos 60,000. 1916 was to take the casualty cost to another level. Loos was intended as a minor role in support of French efforts around Arras but circumstances reduced the French effort. It marked the first use of poison gas by the British. Once the initial assualt had failed the battle continued in a series of actions mostly focused on the northern sector around the tactically important Hohenzollern Redoubt."
Major Thomas GLENNY is mentioned in the Official History of the Battle of Loos. His Battalion, the 7/Kings Own Scottish Borderers stormed through the Loos Road Redoubt in the German front line to the skirl of the bapipes of Piper Daniel Laidlaw VC. Pushing on, they made their way towards the Lens Road covering the left flank of the main assault through Loos village. As they arrived at the Lens Road they encountered significant resistance from the German strongpoints positioned along the road and above them in the Bois Hugo, the Pithead 14 bis, and Hill 70. Major Glenny sent the following message at 09.15hrs 25th September: Have reached 300 yards outh of Puits 14 bis. Going strong. Have halted for another blow as our artillery are firing a bit short. Shall push on again immediately. This message indicates one of the problems that morning, of the advance outpacing the planed artillery protection, which gave the Germans time to organise. Thomas GLENNY was killed later in the day and his body was not recovered or identified. This part of the front remained static for almost two years so few of the men who fell were identifiable when the front moved on. When initiated into his lodge his address was shown as 'Johannesburg'.
|Type||Lodge Name and No.||Province/District :|
|Mother :||Royal Colonial Institute No. 3556 E.C.||London|
|Joined :||Neeld No. 3720 E.C.||Buckinghamshire|
13th March 1912
17th April 1912
12th June 1912
Petitioning and founder member of NEELD LODGE NO 3720, Taplow warranted to meet from 17th February, 1914. His war service is immediately recorded and shows him as "Killed in Action June 1916."
The project globally acknowledges the following as sources of information for research across the whole database:
- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- The (UK) National Archives
- Ancestry.co.uk - Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History online
- ugle.org.uk - The records of the United Grand Lodge of England including the Library and Museum of Freemasonry
- Founder Researchers : Paul Masters & Mike McCarthy
- Researcher : Bruce Littley