Sunday, 31 January 2016

Harold Morris Thomas

2nd Lieutenant Harold Morris Thomas. 1st / 4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, 150th Brigade, 50th Division.
Husband of the late Elizabeth Thomas. Killed 10 November 1916.

Killed during attack on Butte d’ Warlencourt. 4th Battalion were in reserve for the attack on the Butte and by the time of him being KIA were moving out of the line after relief.
Harrold Thomas was born in North Ormesby near Middlesbrough in 1876, and before the war worked as a bank clerk and was secretary of Bedale Rifle Club.
He was commissioned on June 17th 1915 and initially served in the second line before being posted to the front with the 4th Yorkshires.
Close to the end of the Somme offensive 2nd Lt Thomas and the 4th Battalion were in the line, close to the Butte de Warlencourt to the side of the Albert to Bapaume road.
2nd Lt Harold Morris Thomas was killed in action in this area on November 10th 1916 at the age of 40.
Originally buried in Hexham Road Cemetery his grave was later destroyed by shellfire and he is remembered today on a Commonwealth War Graves Commission special memorial in Warlencourt British Cemetery on the Somme close to where he fell.
Harold Thomas was the eldest son of Mr W R Thomas, a bank manager of The Elms in West Sunderland.

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