The death of Thomas Callaghan


February 21, 1917
Private Thomas Callaghan (London Regiment), who was killed in action on February 21, was a well-known footballer. His home was at 72, Ladywood Road, Birmingham.

Private Callaghan enlisted in March, 1916, when a member of Partick Thistle. He formerly played with Manchester City. He learnt his football with Halesowen and Birmingham Juniors.

His Sergeant, writing to Private Callaghan’s brother in Birmingham, says: “He was in charge of a gun at the time, and while sticking to it like grim death, a shell fell on top of him and another man, killing them both. I can’t say enough for him. I only wish I was as fine a man.”
(Source: Evening Despatch: March 12, 1917)