David John Thomas was the first member of our family that we found out about who had been killed in the First World War. We then began finding out details from family members, where we could.
We found out that David had been killed in a secondary trench at the South West of Ovillers-La Boisselle during the attacks to capture Ovillers. His commanding officer had written to the family to inform them that he had been killed outright by a shrapnel shell exploding above him.We also found out that he left a wife and two children who are photographed here. We believe his wife was called Lilian, and many years later, we found that the children were called Mabel and Margaret. They lived in, or near Hanwell, London. We know nothing more about them.
He was one of eight children born to David Thomas and Ann Williams. His brothers and sisters were:
Margaret Anne, William, Emily Jane, Richard Rees, Elizabeth Rebecca (who died in infancy), Gladys Hannah and Richard (also died in infancy).