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Thomas was born in Wolverhampton in 1885, the son of Thomas and Sarah Price. In 1901 he was living with his parents at 370 Newhampton Road West, along with siblings Helena D., Edith S., William, John W., Olive E., and Ivy E. Thomas (known as “Corbett”) was a solicitor’s clerk. He married Frances Ellen Storey in Hackney in 1907, and the couple were living with their daughter, Olive Evelyn Frances, at Alfearn Road, Lower Clapton, London, by 1911 (although Corbett’s place of birth was now given as Newport, Wales).

Corbett enlisted in the 6th Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, but was attached to the 43rd Trench Mortar Battery (number 34482). He appears to have been serving as “Claude Hamilton”. He died on 22 February 1917, one hundred years ago today, and is buried at the Etaples Military Cemetery.