Thomas Richard Major was born on 4 February 1899 and lived at 1 Mealbank in Skelsmergh, Cumbria. He went to Mealbank school leaving at the age of 14 in 1913. His parents, George and Mary Jane Major and his elder sister Hilda all worked at the Braithwaites woollen mill at Mealbank and it is likely that Thomas briefly did the same. He enlisted at Carlisle and joined the 9th Royal Welch Fusiliers but was killed near Arras in France on 22 March 1918 a few weeks after his 19th birthday. He has no known grave and nothing else is known about him.