Mexborough and Swinton Times September 28, 1918
Royal Naval Department
Able-Seaman Herbert Tomlinson (R.N.D.), of Re House, Burcroft, Conisboro’, is posted missing, August 21.
His parents have received a message from Sec–Lieut. H. W. Fordham, of which the following is an extract:
“Your son was what we call one of the old men, and was greatly respected throughout the battalibn. He is already greatly missed. I shall not forget in a hurry the few days he acted as my orderly.
I do not wish to raise false hopes in your mind, but the same day the Company had some men taken prisoner.