Albert Thomas

Albert Edward Thomas

Personal Details

Albert Edward Thomas was born in Newbury, Berkshire in 1887, the second son (see comments below) of Edwin and Mary Jane Thomas.

Husband of Gladys Fanny (nee Whitehead) Thomas, of 14 Park Road, Whitchurch, and father of Peter and Edwin.

Albert was the Manager of The Star Supply Shop in High Street, Whitchurch before joining the Army.

Military Details

Regiment : 1st Battalion The King’s (Liverpool Regiment)
Rank : Private
Service Number : 62985

Killed in Action; France 30th November 1917 Age 30

Medals and Awards
Albert was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal)

Campaign Medals

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The British War Medal (also known as 'Squeak') was a silver or bronze medal awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920. Approximately 6.5 million British War Medals were issued. Approximately 6.4 million of these were the silver versions of this medal. Around 110,000 of a bronze version were issued mainly to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps. The front (obv or obverse) of the medal depicts the head of George V. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

The Allied Victory Medal (also known as 'Wilfred') was issued by each of the allies. It was decided that each of the allies should each issue their own bronze victory medal with a similar design, similar equivalent wording and identical ribbon. The British medal was designed by W. McMillan. The front depicts a winged classical figure representing victory. Approximately 5.7 million victory medals were issued. Interestingly, eligibility for this medal was more restrictive and not everyone who received the British War Medal ('Squeak') also received the Victory Medal ('Wilfred'). However, in general, all recipients of 'Wilfred' also received 'Squeak' and all recipients of The 1914 Star or The 1914/1915 Star (also known as 'Pip') also received both 'Squeak' and 'Wilfred'. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

Further Information

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Information provided by Terry Evanson Whitchurch, Shropshire and Whitchurch Museum and Archives


Albert Thomas — 4 Comments

  1. I am researching the stories behind the names on the WW1 tablets on Newbury war memorial. One of these is Albert Thomas, whose widowed mother and several siblings were still living in the town when the names were collected for the memorial. He is also on two other memorials in the parish church.
    A minor correction to the information here is that he was the third son and youngest child of his parents Edwin and Mary Jane.
    His story will appear on my website when I have written it, meanwhile there are pictures of the three Newbury memorials bearing his name and a rather poor photograph of his name on the Cambrai Memorial.

    • Hi Phil,

      Thank you for the information, we’re collecting information on Whitchurch men on other memorials.

      Thanks again


      • Hello Ian,

        I guess it all depends on viewpoint – I am collecting information on Newbury men on other memorials . . .

        A question – what is your source for Albert Thomas’ second son, Edwin? I can find no obvious trace of him.

        All the best


  2. Hi Phil
    Must apologise if you did not receive a reply to your message above. Do you still require the information ?
    Have just been looking at your site – very impressed. Noticed a spelling mistake on Albert’s page – the parish church is St Alkmunds.
    Are we ok to put a link to your Albert’s page from our Albert’s page ?

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