Sergeant, 4th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), (Service Number 1045)
Thomas Allday was born in Dundee on 19th May 1894. He was the son of Henry George Allday, a draper, originally from Southampton and Emma Kate Allday, nee Tuppen, originally from Brighton. Before enlisting in Dundee Thomas was an apprentice watchmaker and was well known for his connection with the Y.M.C.A. He served with the 4th Battalion of the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). On 26th Feb 1915 he was admitted to hospital with influenza and transferred back to Cardiff’s King Edward VIII hospital. He was baptised as an adult in the hospital, by officials from St German’s church, Splott on 27th May 1915. On recovering he returned to France but was killed in action on 25th Sep 1915 on the Western Front in France aged 21. He is remembered on the Loos Memorial in France (panel 78-83). He is also remembered on the Grove Academy memorial plaque at Broughty Ferry, Dundee and the war memorial plaque at St German’s church, Cardiff.