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Thomas was born in around 1879 in Bilston. I have not been able to find out much about his family, although at some point he married a lady called Annie Elizabeth, and they later lived in Tipton.

On 10 May 1899, he attested with the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (service number 6075) at Wednesbury. During the First World War he served with the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (service number 9036). He was killed in action on 7 November 1914, and is remembered at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.