Thomas lived at Black Hill, Queensbury with his wife and three children. He was originally from Thornton. Prior to the war he was employed as a firer at Black Dyke Mills.
Having been formerly in the Militia, Thomas re-enlisted and was immediately sent on active service, serving in the 1st Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own).
He had been in several engagements and it is possible that he was wounded at the fighting near to Hill 60, south of Ypres. Thomas died of wounds on the 12th April 1915, aged 31, and is buried at CITE BONJEAN MILITARY CEMETERY, ARMENTIERES.(IX. A. 65).