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The son of Thomas and Annie Pugh, Thomas was born in Wolverhampton in 1893. In both 1901 and 1911, they were living at 24 Chapel Street, Bilston, along with Thomas’s siblings Arthur, Florence, Annie, Maud, Marguerite and Dora. Thomas was an underground collier (Road Runner) by 1911.

Thomas enlisted with the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (service number 9002), disembarking on 4 October 1914. By 8 February 1915, the Express & Star was reporting that his father, now living at Bridge Street, Park Village, had received a postcard from him, indicating that he was a prisoner of war in Germany. He hoped he found his parents “in much better health than I am”. More details can be found in the Red Cross Prisoner of War records. He had been wounded in the chest. He was held at Verroce, Wervicq/Werwick and Muenster, but was repatriated on 17 February 1915. He rose to become Lance Corporal, but on 31 September 1917, he was discharged from the army because of wounds. He was issued with a Silver War Badge (number 238,107) on 25 August 1917.

I have not been able to confirm further details of Thomas’s life, but he certainly survived the war.