Thomas Beech Barton, born just after Christmas 1899, was a Grafton lad. Born in Wrexham, an only son, he was brought up in Congleton in Cheshire and was in Grafton from 1913 until 1916. He scored 40 runs as Grafton beat Sidney in the Senior House Final in 1915. In the Oundle tradition, he was one of three boys playing Old Gobbo in the Merchant of Venice.
He was a member of the Manchester School of Music, where he was regarded as one of the most promising violin students.
His first attempts to enlist failed on medical grounds, but determined to play his part, he finally joined up, but died of pneumonia on 30 June 1918 whilst training at Park Hall Camp in Oswestry.
He was buried aged 18 at All Saints Church in Gresford, the village where he was born. “Until the Day breaks and the Shadows flee away”, is inscribed on his headstone.