Henry George Thomas
Service:       Army
Rank:           Private
Service No: 75341
Unit: Field Bn. Tank Corps
Henry was born in 1897; he was the 1st child of Henry and Esther Thomas.  A 4 year old scholar in 1901 he was living with his parents & sister Annie at 16 Rose Road, Bristol; his father worked as a stableman for the Tramway Company.  By 1911 the family, now with a further four children,sisters Annie, Nora Ena and Doris all were living at 19 Beconsfield Road, St. George, Bristol. Henry was a pawnbroker’s errand boy.
Record show that Henry was originally recruited into the Army Cycling Corps (service number 12902) he was subsequently transferred to the Tank Corps.
Photo of Henry by kind permission of one of his first cousins once removed, Eileen Thomas.

Henry did not enter a theatre of war until at least 1916 and as such was only entitled to the British War Medal & Victory Medal. The story told within the family was that after Henry's sad fate his parents never mentioned his name again!
Henry died, after the Nov 11th 1918 armistice, on 20th February 1919. He is buried at the Caudry British Cemetery grave reference III B 10.
Image courtesy of Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
1901 & 1911 UK household census
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