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David John Thomas was born in Porth, Glamorgan. He was the son of John Rees Thomas and Mary Ann Thomas, of 3, Burton Terrace, Aberthaw, Cardiff.

David enlisted in the Territorial Force, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment at Brecon, and was given the service number 244758.

He sailed with the 2/5th Battalion to La Havre, landing on 9th February 1917.

Less than three weeks later, 26th February 1917, Private Thomas was amongst the first fatalities of the Battalion. He was killed in the trenches in the Fleurbaix sector. He was just 19 years old.

David is buried in the Rue-Petillon cemetery, his headstone bears the inscription;

“Thy will be done”

Unfortunately his service papers have not survived.

Rank: Private
Service No: 244758
Date of Death: 26/02/1917
Age: 19
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 2nd/5th Bn.


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