Mexborough and Swinton Times July 21, 1917
Private Tom Paddington, of Darfield,
has been killed in action in France.
The following letter has been received by Mr D Moffatt;
“I feel it my duty to inform you of the death of Tom Paddington in action on June 30.
He and I, proud of our success on the previous day, were quite cheerful. Though he was always happy, he seemed even more so on that fatal day.
Carrying out his duty with the same keen interest so natural to him, until a piece of shell struck him in the stomach, numbering him with the many who have made the supreme sacrifice.
My assurance of his being buried decently in a cemetery behind the line make be some consolation to you, and also the fact that he suffered very little pain, dying almost instantly.”
Private Paddington formerly worked at Houghton Main as horsekeeper, and was one of the first to enlist from that colliery.
He has seen action in Egypt and France.
See Darfield Remembers – Correct name is Parrington