Thomas, Arthur Laurie


War Service:
Captain ARTHUR LAURIE THOMAS of 20th (Blackheath and Woolwich) battalion London Regiment died of wounds on 30 August 1918, aged 23. He was commissioned on 30 August 1914 and went to France in February 1915. After several months in the trenches he fell ill. In July 1916 he was promoted to captain and company commander and returned to the front in July 1918.

He is buried and remembered in Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the war memorial at St Dunstan’s College, Catford and also on the 20th London Regiment Roll of Honour.

He was the son of David and Laura Thomas, of Clarendon Road, Lewisham. He was educated at St Dunstan’s College where was head of school for two years. He was a keen sportsman playing rugby, lacrosse, fives, cricket and water polo. At Brasenose College, Oxford where to took a Classics scholarship rheumatism curtailed his sporting achievements.

The Times 16 September 1918

Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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