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Eric was born in Wolverhampton on 27 October 1894, and was baptised at St Mark’s Church on 16 November that year. The son of George James and Victoria Annie Thomas, Eric was living with his parents at 17 Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton in 1911, along with siblings Eileen Maud, Winifred May, William Richard, Lialia Victoria, Daisy Nora and Marie Louise. Eric was an insurance clerk.

Eric’s name was listed in the Express & Star on 30 October 1914 as one of the men willing to serve with the local regiments. He joined up with the South Staffordshire Regiment (initially number 2870 then 240537), rising to become a Lieutenant. He first entered the War on 25 June 1915.

He survived the War, and married Kathleen E. Buchanan or Morgan in Marylebone in 1928. Eric died in Poole, in Dorset in 1973.