William is remembered on the Ipswich Town Hall memorial to employees.

Born: 1900, Studley, Warwickshire.

Baptised: with his brother George Ernest Thomas, on the 18th May 1902, Studley, Warwickshire. Parents; Fanny & Joseph Thomas, a Bicycle Filer. Address: Studley Common.

Died: 25th August 1942; age: 42 – 503, Nacton Road, Nacton – Civilian War Dead .


Rank: Fire Watcher.


Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Joseph Henry & Fanny Thomas, of Redditch Road, Studley, Warwickshire; husband of Caroline Thomas, of 66, Boyton Road, Ipswich.




1901   The Common, Studely, Warwickshire.


William was 10 months old and living with his parents.

Joseph Henry Thomas, 28, a Needle Filer, born 1873, Studley, Warwickshire.

Fanny Thomas (nee Fisher), 25, a Needle Spiller – at home, born 1876, Short Heath, Erdington, Warwickshire.


1911   The Common, Studley, Warwickshire.


William was 10 years old and living with his parents & brothers.

Joseph, 38, a Cycle Filer.

Fanny, 35.

George Ernest Thomas, 9, born Studley.

John Thomas, 7, born Studley.

Leonard Thomas, 5, born Studley.

Graham Thomas, 3, born Studley.

Bernard Thomas, 8 months, born Studley.


In 1919, Ipswich, William married Caroline Wilby, born 1898, Ipswich – died 1944, Ipswich. They had 5 children.

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