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Commemoration of loss 22 August 2015

At 6:30pm on Saturday 22nd August 2015 a cross will be placed at the War Memorial in Ramsey to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the loss of Thomas Goodwin Midwood who died of wounds received whilst fighting at Gallipoli.

His loss was reported in the Mona's Herald of 15th September 1915, as follows:-

PRIVATE T. G. MIDWOOD.
Mr T. H. Midwood, T.C., of Ramsey, received word on Sunday that his second son Private Thomas Godwin Midwood, of the 11th Manchester Regiment, had been wounded in action at Gallipoli, and subsequently died on board a hospital ship. The sad news was conveyed in a letter from Major Dickson, stationed at the Royal Naval Barracks, Devonport.
The letter was as follows :—

Dear Mr Midwood,—Please accept my sincerest sympathy with you in the death of your son from wounds in action (gunshot wounds in the abdomen), which occurred on the hospital ship "Nowa," on 22nd August (I think.). I leant of it, quite by accident, in port this morning. There was an envelope bearing his name and containing a 10s note, which was handed, over to the forwarding officer along with other men's effects, and the name Private T.G. Midwood, 11th Manchester Regiment, attracted my attention. You will at heart have the consolation that he died for the best of causes. With kindest regards to yourself: yours sincerely. G. DICKSON.

Private Midwood was 27 years of age, and four years ago he emigrated to Clarion, Iowa. When war broke out he returned to England and joined the 11th Manchester Regiment, and was drafted to Gallipoli. Deep sympathy will be felt for Mr Midwood, who is one of the most esteemed men in Ramsey, in this sorrow which has so suddenly befallen him.

The following tribute which brings home the impact of the loss of Thomas Midwood and others on the community of Ramsey, was given by the vicar of St Paul's:-

At the conclusion of his sermon, which closed with Tennyson's line, `'I hope to see my Pilot face to face when I have crossed the bar." the Vicar said : "Bear with me a moment longer. I have a reference to make to-night. Much talking in sad circumstances does not seem to me to be necessary, but it is only right and fitting to say a few sincere words. Several Ramsey men have already given their lives for their country in the present tremendous struggle and today you have witnessed a military funeral, and now grim war has touched our congregation, and the first of our own young men has made the supreme sacrifice. Private Thomas Goodwin Midwood. Whose character and disposition had endeared him to all who knew him, was wounded at Gallipoli, and died on board a hospital ship. The deepest and truest sympathy of every one of us goes out to his parents and all those near and dear to him: in their time of trouble. May the knowledge that he nobly did his duty in a righteous cause be a help to them. May the Divine Son of God, of whose compassion we read in today's Gospel when He restored her son to the widow of Nain—and Who is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever—help them and comfort their hearts. And may He grant to His faithful soldier His everlasting peace.

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Thomas Goodwin Midwood