William Andrew Thomas (1891–1919) was a Private (168/18582) in the 3rd/5th East Anglian Cyclists Division Company, transferred to the Labour Corps with the rank of Corporal (622740). He died on 5 March 1919, aged 27. The circumstances of his death are unknown. His death is not recorded in any of the British military graves overseas. He is commemorated on the Cambridge Gas Company War Memorial.
William was born in 1891 in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales. He was the only child of Edwin Thomas and Clara Thomas (née Jones). By the time William was 9 years old the family had moved from Wales to 17 Coronation Street, Cambridge. William’s father worked as a scavenging foreman. William went to work for the Gas Company as a shot collector. His mother died when he was 16 years old. His father remarried to Ellen Jane Hinkins, a dressmaker and a Cambridge local in 1908. Edwin and his second wife had a daughter, Clara, perhaps named in memory of Edwin’s first wife.
On the outbreak of the First World War, William became a Private (168/18582) in the 3rd/5th East Anglian Cyclists Division Company and he was transferred to the Labour Corps with the rank of Corporal (622740). He died on 5 March 1919. At the time of William’s death his father was living at Landscape Road, Woodford Green, Essex.
Lat Lon : 52.2932, 0.13693071 – click here for location
Parish : St Andrew the Great
War Graves Photographic Project
Census returns for England: 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837–1915
By Emma Easterbrook, Mary Naylor and Ian Bent