Tom Horsfield

Unlike his brother Walter, Tom Horsfield had not volunteered for the Boer War, but had remained in his native town and devoted himself to his family and the Salvation Army.

There were seven children, his wife Julia and himself living in the comparatively small house at 33, Heather View. From the front room window, there was a view across Weets Hill over which the sun set each evening, and when it was not raining the whole slope was tinted in soft tones of yellow and orange.

It was the rain which blotted out the sunset so frequently that made the town suitable for the weaving of cotton from which he made his living.

Tom was a close friend of William Daly’s and was pleased they were able to stay together on active service.

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