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Rifleman Charles Henry Frederick Thomas, Lewis Gunner, 17th (Service) Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps

April 19, 2019

 

Remembering the Fallen:  on this day in 1918, Rifleman Charles Henry Frederick Thomas, Lewis Gunner, 17th (Service) Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, was killed in action on the Western Front. 

The battalion was formed in London on the 16th of May in 1915 by the British Empire League, and came under the orders of the 117th Brigade in the 39th Division.  They were sent to France in March of 1916.  At the end of June they saw action with the Sussex regiments at Richebourg l’Avoue, during which they suffered numerous casualties.  In 1916 Rifleman Thomas saw action at the Battles of the Somme, Thiepval Ridge and the Ancre.  In 1917 he fought in the Battles of Pilkem Ridge, Langemarck, the Menin Road Ridge, Polygon Wood, and the Second Battle of Passchendaele.  His battalion fought in several battles during 1918, including the Somme crossings, before moving to Flanders.  It was during the First Battle of Kemmel that Rifleman Thomas lost his life, and is buried in the Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery at West-Vlaanderen in Belgium.

Charles, from Walthamstow, was 33 years old and married.

 

 

 

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