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Thomas was born in Wolverhampton in 1896, the son of Thomas and Eliza Stokes. They were living at 4 back of 50 Dudley Street in 1901, together with siblings George Henry, Emily, William Titus and Mary Ellen. In 1911, they were living at 16 Edward Street, Bradley, Bilston. 15-year-old Thomas was a machinist and iron worker at a hollowware works.

On 5 January 1915 he enlisted with the 7th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (service number 16873). His address was given as 18 Steadmans Terrace, Bradley, and his trade was ironplate worker. There is a letter from his parents from 1915 asking for his whereabouts, as he had two more brothers in the same Regiment and they had not seen him or received news of him for 8 weeks. On 10 February 1917, Thomas’s name was listed in the Express & Star as having been wounded. He recovered, and later transferred to the Royal Army Medical Corps (number 134627), with whom he continued to serve until August 1919. His pension records confirm he had received a gun shot wound to the left leg.

I have not been able to confirm further details about Thomas.

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