His casualty form shows that he embarked from Southampton
on the "SS Atlanta" on October 19th 1915. He was a private
attached to 584 Coy which was a mobile repair unit at GHQ. Next day, he
disembarked at Rouen in France. In the June of 1916, he reported unfit
to work after an accident in the workshop.
His commanding officer
described on a certificate attached to his records how the accident
"About April 1916 at
St.Martin, while working in the
Blacksmith shop swinging a hammer. The soldier was in no way to blame.
The incident was not reported at the time since the soldier did
not wish to make much of, what then, appeared to be a slight
But over the following weeks,
inflammation of the knee joint
became more and more debilitating and from that time on, Thomas seems to
have been in constant pain, frequently reporting for medical
treatment. It was not until July 1918, however, that he was finally
admitted to hospital.
On the 3rd of July 1919, the Service Records show that Thomas was granted
his final Demobilization Certificate and, at last, returned home to England.