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Thomas was born in Wolverhampton in 1890, the son of Charles and Betsey Laxson. In 1891 they were living at Thomas’s grandparents property at 59 Court, Middle Row. They moved to 4 Bagnall Street by 1901, and by 1911 they were living at 39 Bagnall Street, Wolverhampton, together with Thomas’s brother Joseph, sister Emma-Jane and a boarder, Cecil Simpson Chapman. Thomas was a tin smith.

Thomas enlisted in the 6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 2473). He was killed in action in France on 13 October 1915. He is remembered at the Loos Memorial.