1895 Apr/Jun Born Guildford, Surrey
1901 census at 112a, High Street, Clapham
1911 census at Hounslow Barracks. His father is working as an army messenger
1914 Aug 11 Attested to Army Service Corps. He is a Clerk when he enlists. His father is George Thornton, Barrack Rd, Hounslow
1914 Oct 6. Posted to France
1915 Apr 30. In hospital with influenza
1915 May 26 Out of hospital and back on duty
1917 Oct 6. Compulsorily transferred from ASC to 2/8 London Regt as Rifleman
1917 Oct 13 in 13 General Hospital, then transferred back to UK
1919 Jan 31 Demobilised from 17 Officer Cadet Battalion (8th London attached RB) of 13 Lampton Rd, Hounslow. He is a Cadet L/Cpl. He appears to have been discharged before getting his commission . The training course lasted four and a half months. An Officer Cadet Battalion had an establishment of 600 cadets at any time. When the army decided that it did not need any more officers, only those who had nearly finished their officer course got a commission before discharge.
1920 Nov 22 Joins ADRIC as 1080 "Cadet C L Thornton" London Regt. Posted to D Coy.
He appears to be the "Cecil Thornton" wounded at Kilroe Ambush .
1921 Oct 2. Lt G H Souchon of the 17th Lancers was on his way from his Club to Earl’s Island Army Camp in Galway. On his way he met some fellow officers who gave him a lift in their car. As they drove passed the Town Hall shots were fired and Lieutenant Souchon was hit in the head, he died instantly. Thornton was one of 4 men in that car. The inquest makes it clear that it was this man Charles Lewis Thornton and not the Charles Henry Thornton in the same Auxiliary Company
1922 Jan 20. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC
1952 Died Edmonton, Middlesex aged 57