Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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25/02/2020 The CWGC record Private Thomas Kirk as the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Kirk of Dungannon, County Tyrone.
25/02/2020 Private Thomas Kirk is commemorated locally on Dungannon War Memorial and on on the WW2 stained glass window in St Anne’s Church of Ireland, Dungannon.
25/02/2020 Private Thomas Kirk is buried at St. Manvieu War Cemetery in Cheux. His inscription reads: WHEN SLEEP FORSAKES OUR EYES OUR THOUGHTS ARE HERE WHERE OUR DEAR BROTHER LIES
25/02/2020 Private Thomas Kirk died in France on 26th June 1944, presumably during the battle for the village of Cheux. He was 19 years old.
25/02/2020 The 2nd Battalion remained in the United Kingdom until it was sent overseas, to France, in June 1944. The battalion fought in the Battle of Normandy in Operation Epsom and the Second Battle of the Odon. During Operation Epsom. The 2nd Battalion, The Glasgow Highlanders lost 12 officers and sustained nearly 200 casualties, mainly around the hotly contested village of Cheux. Total strength of this battalion was approximately 35 officers and 786 other ranks; thus one day's losses amounted to 34% of their officers and nearly 25% of the entire rifle battalion.
25/02/2020 In the spring and summer of 1939, the Territorial Army was ordered to be doubled in size, in order to meet the threat of Nazi Germany. As a result, the 1st Battalion raised a duplicate unit, the 2nd Battalion which was assigned to the 46th (Highland) Infantry Brigade.
25/02/2020 By 1944, Private Thomas Kirk was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Glasgow Highlanders, Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment).
25/02/2020 Thomas Kirk was born about 1925.
25/02/2020 Thomas Kirk was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Kirk.
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