The War Graves of Ystradgynlais

Thomas Thomas

Thomas Thomas had formerly been a postman in Abercrave. He served with the South Wales Borderers on the Western Front and was killed in action in November 1917, though it would be almost a year before his death was confirmed to his family back home.

The information on Thomas Thomas has been compiled from a number of sources, including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, from the Labour Voice newspaper, and the Parish Burial Register (courtesy of the Swansea Archives).

NameThomas Thomas
Date of Death10th November 1917
Place of DeathWestern Front
Age at Death32
Unit and RegimentSouth Wales Borderers; 1st Bn.
Service Number12019
Additional InformationBorn Brecon. Former postman in Abercrave of Twynrodyn Abercrave
Cemetery  TYNE COT MEMORIAL - BELGIUM; Panel 65 to 66. 
Local MemorialsYstradgynlais War Memorial
Family DetailsSon of Thomas and Elizabeth Thomas Sennybridge, Breconshire. Husband of Mrs. Edith Jane Meikle (formerly Thomas) Thistle House, Abercrave, Swansea
Known DaughtersLilian (born Abercrave 1911)

From the Western Mail newspaper, 17th December 1917 :-

Mrs. Thomas, Glaslyn Abercrave, learns that her husband, Private Thomas Thomas S. W. B. has been missing since 21st ult. Prior to enlisting, about two years ago; he was employed at the Abercrave Anthracite Collieries and was a former postman at Abercrave.

From the Labour Voice newspaper, 22nd December 1917 :-

Mrs. Thomas, Glaslyn, was officially informed on Saturday morning that her husband, Private Tom Thomas S.W.B. as missing. Prior to joining the forces, he was engaged as a postman for several years in the place and was very popular. All her friends sympathize with her in her anxiety.

From the Labour Voice newspaper, 12th October 1918:-

Official information has been received by Mrs T Thomas Glaslyn, that her husband, Private Tom Thomas South Wales Borderers, who has been missing for 11 months has been killed in action. Much sympathy is felt with the widow and two little children.

Tom Thomas was one of the fallen of the First World War, mentioned in the Llais (27th September 1919) to be included on the Proposed War Memorial List for Abercrave.


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