Thomas married Ellen Murphy at St George’s, Wolverhampton, on 3 September 1916. He later rejoined the army on 17 January 1917, when he was posted to the 295th Reserve Labour Company (number 236658). He was 23 years and 11 months old. His address was given as No. 6 Little Park Street, Wolverhampton,where he was living with his wife Ellen and his son Frederick James, born 7 December 1916. Unfortunately his son died on 12 October 1917 in the General Hospital, Wolverhampton. His death was recorded as due to diphtheria and cardiac failure. 

Thomas was discharged from the army on 14 December 1917 as “being no longer physically fit for service”. During his army career he sustained gunshot wounds to the neck and shell damage.  Thomas and Ellen had three further children: Ellen (born in 1918), Thomas H. (born in 1922) and John (born in 1925).