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Name: Joseph Thomas

Burial Number: 0955

Gender: Male

Occupation: Colour Sergeant; Quartermaster Sergeant; Lieutenant

Born: 29/02/1872

Died: 25/06/1919

Buried: 27/06/1919

Story

Joseph was born in Pembroke Dock, to William Thomas of RWF Barracks, Wrexham and Mary Thomas of 23 Glebe Street, Wellington.

He went to France as Quarter Master Sergeant 20563, 14th Battalion, RWF. His address on the embarkation Roll (Dec 1915) was 72 Henry Street, West Gorton. He was commissioned on 17th June 1917 and was Lt & Qt Mr in the 14th Bn.

He was invalided sick to the UK but I have no date. His Medal Card/ Silver War Badge Roll show that that badge was sent to Kingston Hall Private Nursing Home, Worthing.

These Rolls for Rank & File men give a date discharged but unfortunately the ones for Officers do not. His campaign medals were sent to his brother Alfred Thomas, 6 St David’s Avenue, Carmarthen.

Note that his CWGC record indicate previous service in the South African Campaign (i.e Boer War). He would have had a different number then (may even have been a different Regiment). This 20563 number was allocated about a week before Christmas 1914.

He had previously served as Joseph Thomas 2501 in RWF from 8th July 1889. He served in Malta, India and South Africa and was discharged as Colour Sgt attached to the 5th Battalion Territorial Force on 9th December 1912.

(He has then volunteered again in Dec 1914 and given the 20563 number) His next of kin on his pre war file show father, William Thomas of RWF Barracks, Wrexham (file indicated William was a serving soldier in 1889) which is struck out with mother, Mary Thomas 23 Glebe Street, Wellington inserted.

Joseph Henry, Lieutenant 14th battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers of 6 St Davids Avenue, Carmarthen died age 47yrs at Kingston Hall Private Nursing Home, Shakespeare Road, Worthing leaving effects of £554.9s.11d to Alfred Thomas, Managing Clerk, Carmarthen County Council. Joseph Henry campaign medals were also sent to his brother Alfred Thomas at 6 St David’s Avenue, Carmarthen.

Researcher: Sue Standing

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Joseph Thomas

Location in Cemetery

Area: NES Row: 2 Plot: 6

Exact Location (what3words): hedge.cable.gift

Ashes or Urn: Unknown

Headstone

Description:

EndowedGrave: Cut grass and keep tidy

Inscription:

Lieutenant & QMR J H Thomas Royal Welsh Fusiliers 25th June 1919 age 47 "Called to rest"

Commonwealth War Graves

This grave is for someone who died in service during World War One or World War Two. As such the grave is managed and cared for by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Marking and maintaining the graves of members of the forces of Commonwealth countries who died in both World War One (WWI) and WWII.
  • Maintaining memorials to the dead whose bodies have no known grave.
  • Providing records and registers of these burials and commemorations.

You can read more about the valuable work of the CWGC by going to their website www.cwgc.org

Further Information

Birth

Name: Joseph Henry Thomas

Gender: Male

Born: 29/02/1872

Town: Pembroke Dock

County: Pembrokeshire

Country: Wales

Marriage

Maiden Name: Not applicable

No marriage information is available for this burial record.

Information at Death

Date of Death: 25/06/1919

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Kingston Hall Private Nursing Home

Address line 3: Shakespeare Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England

Obituary

No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £554 9 s 11 d

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information

No census information is available for this burial record.

Miscellaneous Information

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