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The son of Albert E. and Alice Chard, Thomas was born in Wolverhampton in 1890. In 1901, they were living at 95 Heath Street, Wolverhampton, along with Thomas’s sisters, Alice L., Florence A. and Ethel Maud. By 1911, the family were at 9 Oaks Crescent, Merridale Road. Thomas had become a salesman for a furniture dealer. He married Gertrude H. Jennings in Wolverhampton in 1913.

I have not been able to confirm whether or not Thomas served in the army during the First World War. He was certainly within the right age range, and his trade would not have precluded him from serving. It is possible that there was a medical issue that meant he was unfit to serve. He was still keen to contribute to the war effort, however, and his name appears on Wolverhampton Council’s list of Special Constables who stepped in to cover gaps left by serving police officers who had been called up to their regiments.

Thomas and Gertrude had a son, Norman E., born in Wolverhampton in 1920. Thomas died in Bilston in 1940.

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