Thomas Ernest Waghorne, died 15th June 1917, aged 22.
Private G/11443, 8th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment).
Born on 5th January 1895 at Marden Beech he was brought up in the Goudhurst area. Thomas Waghorne worked as a labourer around the parish and married Lily Brooks in 1915 who at the time of his death was living in Brenchley. He enlisted in June 1916 and joined his unit on the old Loos battlefield in the bitterly cold winter of 1916/17. They moved to the Ypres Salient in June to take part in the successful Battle of Messines, during which they led an attack south of Ypres on the night of 14th/15th June. Thomas Waghorne, unaccounted for after that attack, is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing. His name is also recorded on the War Memorial in Brenchley.
Sevenoaks Chronicle, 21st December 1917
Pte. T. Waghorn
News has been received by Mrs T E Waghorn, Castle Hill, Brenchley, that her husband, Private T E Waghorn was killed in action on the 15th June last, aged 22 years.
Thomas Ernest Waghorne was also a member of the Goudhurst Oddfellows Lodge: Membership Application form