Thomas was born in Tonbridge, Kent, England in 1886. In June 1917, whilst on duty in England, he married Lillah Annells.
Thomas was a contractor and gave his address as Bacchus Marsh, VIC when he enlisted at Footscray in the AIF, 7th Battalion,
E Company on the 15th of August 1914, aged nearly 30 - shortly after war was declared - his service record states that he had previously served in the Special Reserve. Less than a week later he was appointed Company Sergeant Major(1) before he embarked aboard the HMAT A20 Hororata in October and disembarked in Egypt at the beginning of December.
Thomas landed at Gallipoli on the 25th of April 1915 and was shot through the jaw(2), fracturing the mandible. Four days later he was admitted to the 15th General Hospital, Alexandria, Egypt. In Late May he was transferred to the HS Nevasa before he was admitted to the 1st Southern General Hospital, Stourbridge, Birmingham, England in late May. A month later he was transferred to the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, Middlesex and then to a convalescent hospital, Woodcote Park(3), Epsom from where he was discharged in August. In November he was admitted to C of L War Hospital, Epsom for a week and then discharged to Woodcote.
In February 1916 Thomas was promoted to Temporary Regimental Sergeant Major until late September when he reverted to Company Sergeant Major. He transferred to Headquarters, AIF Depots in October. Thomas was promoted to Extra Regimental Sergeant Major and attached for duty with the 2nd Training Battalion. On the 25th of April 1918 Thomas reverted to Company Sergeant Major and transferred to the 1st Training Battalion. From August until December he was on leave with out pay - family reasons - and in April 1919 was granted indefinite leave before he embarked for Australia aboard the Lucie Woerman in early December, returning to Australia in late January 1920 and was discharged from the AIF in May.
Thomas died about 1923, possibly in England.
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