12342 Serjeant George Henry Thomas

9th(Service)Battalion

Devonshire Regiment

1st july 1916

Born on 09/03/1894 in Shoreditch, London. He was baptised on 13/06/1894.

His parents were Edwin Thomas(1853-1914) and Emily Patterson(1856-1926). They were married on 21/04/1878.

George had 2 brothers; Edwin(1886-1926) and

James William(1888-1910).

He also had 4 sisters; Catherine Alice(13/06/1879-26/04/1960),Louisa Emily(08/12/1880-1974),

Maud Frances(born on 19/04/1890) and

Rose Elizabeth(born in 1897).

In the 1901 census, the family were recorded as living at

13 Brunswick Square Shoreditch. Edwin snr was employed as a furniture porter.

On the 12/05/1902, George started attending Shap Street School.

The 1911 census showed that the family had moved to

65 Howe Street,Kingsland Road,Shoreditch,London. Edwin snr was still working as a furniture porter and George was now employed as an auctioneers assistant.

George enlisted in london and  his date of disembarkation into France was on 01/12/1914.

On 18/03/1915, he married Beatrice Lillian Collyer

(22/06/1892-06/04/1963).

He was killed in action on 01/07/1916.

George was awarded the 1914-1915 Star,

the 1914-1918 British War and Allied Victory medals. 

His widow Beatrice was awarded a pension of 11/- a week from 22/01/1917. 

  

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