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The son of Esther Abbott, Thomas was born on 17 Mar 1896, and he was baptised at St Leonard’s Church, Bilston on 5 April 1896. At some point, his mother married a William Edwards. By 1911, Thomas was living with his mother, step-father, sister Nellie, brother William, and half-sister Dora, at 8 Pipes Meadow, Bilston.

Thomas served in the First World War, and was remembered on the roll of honour of Bilston Church, but I have not been able to confirm details of his military service. He survived the war, and married Ada Moore in Wolverhampton in 1916, and the couple had four children – Thomas W. (1917), Arthur R. (1920), Geoffrey (1926), and Denis (1930). In 1939, he was living with his family at 9 Union Mill Street, Wolverhampton, and was working as a body builder and mounter. Thomas died in Wolverhampton in 1981.