Thomas Grimshaw Hyde was born in Chorlton on March 30, 1896. His father, Thomas Hyde, was the owner of Hyde’s Brewery Ltd. Thomas was educated at Gresham’s School in Holt, Norfolk and is shown as a boarder there in the 1911 census along with his younger brother Alfred Neal Hyde.
He was commissioned on April 27, 1914 when he was just 18 years old. The London Gazette listing reads as follows:
9th Battalion, The Manchester Regiment. Thomas Grimshaw Hyde (late Cadet Lance-Corporal, Gresham’s School Contingent, Junior Division, Officers Training Corps) to be Second Lieutenant. Dated 27th April, 1914.
He sailed with the battalion to Egypt serving with them through their training and preparations for action. Whilst in Egypt he was promoted to full Lieutenant on November 4, 1914 along with several other junior officers. He is not mentioned in the Battalion or Brigade war diaries in Gallipoli but there is anecdotal evidence from the Ashton Reporter newspaper that he was there at least in June 1915.
He is next mentioned in the Battalion war diary as arriving from the UK, with a draft of 66 other ranks, to join the Battalion in Egypt on May 19, 1916. The London Gazette notes that he was appointed temporary Captain with precedence from January 3, 1916 (which often means that this was the date he assumed command of a Company). He was appointed acting Battalion Quarter Master in late June.
He is mentioned again in the Battalion war diary of 1917, when they were in France, noting that he went on leave to the UK on May 24, 1917. He was promoted to Captain on June 7, 1917 and accepted as an RFC Flying Officer (Observer) on Probation on Aug 28, 1917, qualifying on Dec 23, 1917 with 4 Squadron. He was posted to 42 Squadron on March 24, 1918.
Sadly, his brother Alfred Neal Hyde was killed in action in France on September 21, 1918. Second Lieutenant A. N. Hyde of R.A.F. 205 Squadron B.E.F. was killed in action returning from a bombing raid on Busigny, France.
After the war, Thomas Grimshaw Hyde married Rose Margaret Miller, the daughter of John Cambre Miller, the Modern Languages Master at Gresham School, in April 1924 in Norfolk. Their first son, Alfred Neal Grimshaw Hyde named after his late brother, was born in 1926. Christopher Grimshaw Hyde was born four years later on April 28, 1930. By this time Thomas was working in the family brewery business and was living at “Gresham House” in Moss Side, Manchester.
By 1939 Thomas was a Master Brewer and Managing Director of Hyde’s Brewery, Ltd. and was living with his wife, her widowed mother and his youngest son in Hale, Cheshire.
Captain Thomas Grimshaw Hyde died on April 2, 1947. He was buried in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, Manchester and was 51 years old.