Service Number: 1003
Enlisted: 9 March 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 25th Infantry Battalion
Born: Llanfyrnach, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom, 7 March 1889
Home Town: Mackay, Mackay, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Died of wounds, 1st Australian General Hospital, Rouen, France, 15 September 1916, aged 27 years
Cemetery: St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Mackay Old Town Hall Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

9 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1003, Brisbane, Queensland
29 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1003, 25th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
29 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1003, 25th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Brisbane
4 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1003, 25th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
31 Aug 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 1003, 25th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , Shell wound (head and arm)
15 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1003, 25th Infantry Battalion

Help us honour Tommy Thomas's service by contributing information, stories, and images so that they can be preserved for future generations.

Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Tommy was born at Llanfyrnach, Pembrokeshire in 1889, the son of Thomas and Mary Thomas. Thomas and Mary later moved to 1, Bridge Street, Port Talbot, while Tommy went to live at North Gate Terrace, Cardigan, where he worked as a carpenter. Tommy emigrated to Australia prior to the war, and enlisted at Queensland on 17 June 1915 into the 25th Battalion, Australian Infantry. The 25th Battalion was raised at Enoggera in Queensland in March 1915 as part of the 7th Brigade, leaving Australia in early July 1915. It trained in Egypt during August, and in September 1915 landed at Gallipoli, where it reinforced the depleted New Zealand and Australian Division. The 25th Battalion left the peninsular on 18 December 1915. After further training in Egypt, the 25th Battalion proceeded to France, landing on 19 March 1916, where it became attached to the 2nd Division. It took part in its first major battle at Pozières between 25 July and 7 August in the course of which it suffered 785 casualties. Tommy was wounded on 31 August, suffering multiple gunshot wounds, and was evacuated to the 1st Australian General Hospital at Rouen. He died of his wounds on 15 September 1916, aged 28.

Llanfyrnach is a village, community and parish in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Llanfyrnach means the church of St Brynach.

He is remembered, together with Australian soldier, John Morgan Morris, Private, 2193, Australian Imperial Force on the Cardigan WW1 War Memorial.

There is a fine marble memorial in St. Mary's Church at Cardigan  which replicates the same names of those who fell during the Great War.


Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Tommy is also commemorated on the Tegryn War Memorial.

Tegryn is a small village, situated about nine miles SSE of Cardigan, near Crymych, on the upper slopes of Frenni Fawr, the third highest peak in the Preseli Mountains. The men of the village who fell during both World Wars are commemorated on two memorials; the men who fell during the Great War are commemorated on a marble pillar, which is located in the grounds of Capel Llwynrhwrdd, whilst the man who died during World War Two is commemorated on a brass plaque within Tegryn School.