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Thomas was born in Wolverhampton in 1894, the son of Theophilus and Sarah Ellen Morrell. In 1911 they were living at 20 Stowheath Lane, Priestfield, Bilston, together with Thomas’s siblings Lilian May, Theophilus, Leslie Charles and Kathleen Nellie. Thomas had become a plumber. Later, they lived at “Avondale”, 110 Wellington Road, Bilston.

Thomas enlisted with the 10th Battalion of the East Yorkshire Regiment (number 25394) but died of wounds received on 12 March 1917. He is buried at Sucrerie Military Cemetery in Colincamps. More locally, he is commemorated on the Bilston Town Hall Ward Roll of honour, as well as on the memorial at Salem Baptist Church.