British War Medal
Thomas was born in around October 1880. We don't know anything about his early life or family.
The First World War broke out on the 4th August 1914, and Thomas joined the Army on the 10th. He joined the Manchester Regiment and was given the service number 2404. We don't know which battalion he joined, but he was sent overseas to France on the 22nd June 1915.
At some point Thomas was transferred to a unit of the Army Service Corps. He was given the service number T/393943. The 'T' tells us that he was a member of a transport unit, moving equipment and supplies from rear areas to front line troops. We don't know anything about his service.
Thomas fell ill at some point during the war. He did not recover and it eventually became clear that he would never be fit enough to return to duty. He was discharged as 'no longer physically fit for war service' on the 14th December 1918. He was awarded a Silver War Badge, with serial number B90694, to show that his discharge was honourable.
The rest of Thomas' life remains a mystery. His medal was donated to the Museum of the Manchester Regiment in around 1960. As well as his British War Medal, Thomas was also awarded the 1914-15 Star and Allied Victory Medal for his Army service.