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  • Commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial, Israel and Palestine. (www.cwgc.org)
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Dudley Worcestershire
William Arthur was the youngest son of George Thomas and his first wife, Margaret (née Dimsdale). George Thomas was born in Bristol in about 1852 and was a career soldier. He attested in the 2nd Dragoons (1161) on 31 January 1871 at the age of 19, transferring to the 2nd Dragoon Guards (1563) on 29 February 1872. He moved frequently with the battalion and in relation to his family history he was serving in Dundalk in 1880, Manchester from December 1881, Aldershot from July 1883 and Worcester from April 1885. He was promoted sergeant major in April 1883 and discharged ten years later in March 1893. George's wife, Margaret Dimsdale, was born in Seaford Down, Ireland, in about 1859. They were married in the parish church of Dundalk, Ireland, on 10 May 1881 (A/M/J Dundalk Louth) and had four children: Georgina b. Chorlton Manchester 16 April 1882 bap. Hulme St George 28 May 1882; Ethel Jane b. Aldershot 4 August 1884 bap. Garrison Church 19 September 1884; Frederick George b. Worcestershire 18 August 1888 and William Arthur b. Dudley birth registered 1895 (J/F/M). In 1891 George, a sergeant major, and Margaret, were living in Dudley, Staffs/Worcs, with their three children Georgina (8), Ethel (6) and Frederick (2). Their youngest son was born four years later in 1895. There is a record of the death of a Margaret Thomas in 1898, death registered Dudley, although the approximate date of birth on the registration record was 1857. George married Elizabeth Orman in 1899 (O/N/D Dudley) and in 1901 they were living on Griffin Street, Dudley, with George's children Georgina, Ethel, Frederick and William (6). George was described as living on his own means ie army pensioner. By 1911 George was the licensee of the Locomotive Inn, 21 Vicar Street, Dudley, and Elizabeth (67) was helping him in the business. Only Frederick George, a belting maker (leather works), and William, a grocery assistant, were in the home on the night of the census. Georgina was a domestic servant at Kidderminster in the household of Harry Jones, a gentlemen's hatter and hosier. Ethel has not yet been traced on the 1911 Census but she may have emigrated to Canada as an Ethel Thomas (25) was listed on an outgoing passenger list in 1909 and an Ethel Jane Thomas (b. 4 August 1884), who died on 6 October 1935, is buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto. William's father and stepmother have not yet been traced after 1911. William was living in Nottingham when he enlisted, which may have been in 1915. His brother Frederick married Edith Levi in Nottingham in 1934 and the brothers may have moved together to Nottingham before the war. In 1939 Frederick and Edith (b. 23 June 1894) were living on Corby Road, Mapperley, Nottingham; Frederick was a leather machine bell maker. He was killed in a road accident on 20 November 1941 (see 'Extra information'). Edith died in 1975.
In 1911 he was a grocery assistant.
23 Apr 1916
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Residence Nottingham, enlisted Worcester
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Queen's Own Worcestershire Hussars (Worcester Yeomanry). Formerly 3202 Private Worcestershire Yeomanry. William Arthur served in Egypt from 7 December 1915 and was killed or died in Egypt on 23 April 1916. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza), Panel 56 (Addenda). William qualified for the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. CWGC - History of the Jerusalem Memorial (extract): 'At the outbreak of the First World War, Palestine (now Israel) was part of the Turkish Empire and it was not entered by Allied forces until December 1916. The advance to Jerusalem took a further year ... in the morning of 9 December [1917], the Mayor came to the Allied lines with the Turkish Governor's letter of surrender. Jerusalem was occupied that day and on 11 December, General Allenby formally entered the city, followed by representatives of France and Italy. Jerusalem Military Cemetery was begun after the occupation of the city [December 1917] ... Within the cemetery stands the JERUSALEM MEMORIAL, commemorating 3,300 Commonwealth servicemen who died during the First World War in operations in Egypt or Palestine and who have no known grave.' (www.cwgc.org)
Registers of Soldiers' Effects: His brother Frederick George was his sole legatee Nottingham Evening Post, 21 November 1941: ‘Nottm. Fatality: Police Appeal. Last night, Frederick George Thomas, 53, of 11, Corby-road, Mapperly, was found lying near the Empire, Sherwood-street, Nottingham. He had received multiple injuries and was dead when admitted to the hospital. The police are appealing to any one who saw the accident to communicate with them. It is thought he may have been knocked down by a car and run over by another.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
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    William Arthur Thomas - Commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial, Israel and Palestine. (www.cwgc.org)