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The son of Edwin and Jane Maria Talbot, Thomas was born in Wolverhampton in 1895. They were living at 75 Herbert Street, Wolverhampton in 1901, along with Thomas’s sister, Alice Maria. They were living in Dudley by 1911, with an additional son, Ernest, and Thomas was working as an errand boy for a grocer.

Thomas enlisted in the 1st/7th Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment (service number 3102). He first served in France from 16 August 1915, but was killed in action on 21 August 1916. He is commemorated at the Thiepval Memorial, as well as on the Dudley Town Memorial.