Thomas Mucklow came from Blackheath and enlisted in the 'Ox and Bucks'. He was sent to the 8th Battalion, the Pioneer Battalion of the 26th Division. By 1916 they were serving in the Macedonia campaign which had settled into trench warfare around Lake Doiran. Although fighting against the Bulgarians was spasmodic, the terrain of ravines and wooded gullies was difficult. In late 1918 the collapse of the Turkish and Austro-Hungarian Empires, the main allies of Bulgaria, persuaded the Allies to attack at Doiran on the 26th September. Private Thomas Mucklow was wounded and died on the 16th October but by that time the Battalion had advanced to the Turkish frontier at Adrianople where they were affected by the 'Spanish Flu'. He is buried in Doiran Cemetery (V G 26) and commemorated on the Blackheath and Halesowen Memorials.
ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH,High St,Halesowen,Dudley,West Midlands,B63 3BB,England, B63 3BB
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