Stanley Thomas

Stanley Thomas (1897- 1918) was entered to North School by his father George.  They lived at the Post Office at 6 Bergholt Road where George was a baker and sub-postmaster and Stanley’s mother and two older sisters worked in the shop.

Stanley joined A Company in the 2/4 th London Regiment, the Royal Fusiliers.  He was a stretcher bearer, taken prisoner at Tergnier on 23 March 1918 during the Battle of St Quentin.  This was the beginning of the German Spring Offensive that aimed to push through the Somme area.

Stanley was registered as a prisoner of war at Stendal Camp in Germany although it is likely that he actually remained in France.  He died on 30th June 1918 and was buried under a German cross in the Solre le Chateau German cemetery near Cambrai.  His body was reburied in St Souplet cemetery as part of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission work in 1923.  His CWGC headstone reads “The dearly loved son of G.A and M.A Thomas, Bergholt Road, Colchester, England”.


Sources
1903 – 1913 Admission Register
1911 census
http://grandeguerre.icrc.org/
UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/
CWGC