Killed in Action on Sunday, 10th September 1916, age 33.
Buried in Grave I. E. 12. at Blighty Valley Cemetery, Authuile Wood, Somme, France.
6th Bn., York & Lancaster Regiment. 32nd Brigade of 11th Division.
Third son of Mr and Mrs Walter S Thomas, of 18a Summerhill, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Conisborough, Yorks., Resident: Unknown.
First landed Egypt, 13th September 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.
Commemorated on the St. John's Memorial.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.
Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/185329/
28 Upper Church Lane, Tipton
Walter Samuel Thomas (age 46, Boatman Bargee, born Tipton), his wife Ellen (47, born Tipton), and their 11 children: Walter Samuel (26, Coal Miner, born Tipton), Caroline E. (24, Domestic Servant, born Tipton), William (20, Boatman, born Tipton), Thomas (18, Boatman, born Tipton), Annie (17, Domestic Servant, born Tipton), Sarah (15, Domestic Servant, born Tipton), Emily Ann (13, born Tipton), Alfred Hewn (11, born Tipton), Ethel (8, born Tipton), Richard (6, born Tipton), and Abel (4, born Tipton).
28 Upper Church Lane, Tipton
Samuel Thomas (age 55, Carter, born Birmingham), his wife Ellen (55, born Madeley), and 4 of their 11 surviving children of 13: Alfred Hewn (20, Assistant Cupola Man, born Tipton), Ethel (18, born Tipton), Richard (16, Learner at Ironfounders, born Tipton), and Abel (14, Learner at Ironfounders, born Tipton).
Still to be researched. Contact me if required.
Tipton Herald 16th December 1916
TIPTON SOLDIER'S DEATH.
Tipton people regretted to hear of the death in action of Private Thomas Thomas, aged 33, a single man and third son of Mr and Mrs Walter S. Thomas, of 18a Summerhill, Tipton. He was a miner by occupation and two or three years before the outbreak of war went to pursue his calling in Yorkshire, coming home occasionally. He joined the 6th Yorks and Lancashire Regiment, and had been home two or three times on furlough before going to the front. His youngest brother, Richard Thomas, who formerly worked as a moulder at Messrs Lathe's foundry, is in the Lancashire Fusiliers.
The mother of the deceased soldier received the following beautiful letter from the Chaplain (Capt. T. Rees), dated September 11th:- "Dear Mrs Thomas, It is my sad duty to inform you of the death in action of your son, Private T. Thomas. You will receive official notice from the War Office, but I wish to write you a line unofficially to express my sympathy with you. As the chaplain of the regiment, I buried your son. His body lies in a little cemetery. He was struck by a shell on September 10th, and death was instantaneous. Your son died nobly, in a noble cause - he gave his life for his country. Your greatest comfort is now the knowledge that death is not the end of life. It was only the outward shell that I committed to the earth. The real man - the son whom you loved - still lives and lives a fuller life now than when this side of the veil. May God bless you and comfort you. Yours very sincerely."
Colonel G.H. Wedgewood writes:- "Dear Mrs Thomas, As your son's Commanding Officer, I am sorry to have to tell you that he was killed by a German shell in the trenches on 10th September. He was doing his work well at the time, and I hope you will hear from his Company officer shortly further details. He did not suffer in any way, and was buried yesterday morning, with one of my officers and several of his comrades, by Rev. T. Rees, our Brigade Chaplain. My sympathy is with you in your loss, especially as I am a Staffordshire man myself."