Scales was a Sergeant (16758) in the 9th Batt Essex Regt, and died from wounds
received on 23rd May 1918. He was buried in Mailly Wood Cemetery.
|The cemetery was little used until April-August 1918, when the
German attack on Amiens brought the front line very close, and further burials
were made by the 12th Division (in May) and the 21st (in August), among others.
After the Armistice graves from the battlefields immediately north-east of the
village were brought into the cemetery, and 30 graves from Mailly Maillet
Military Cemetery in the village itself. The cemetery now contains 702 burials
and commemorations of the First World War. 60 of the burials are unidentified
and there are special memorials to two casualties whose graves in the cemetery
could not be found, and to six whose graves in the military cemetery were
destroyed by shell fire.
|Prior to enlisting Thomas worked in the Post Office in Brentwood,
he was born in High Ongar, lived in Station Road with his wife in Station Road,
Billericay and enlisted at Warley.