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War Graves & Remembrance Graves

David Glasbrook Thomas

The information on David Glasbrook Thomas has been compiled from a number of sources, including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the archives of the Llais local newspaper, and detail upon local memorials.

David Glasbrook Thomas is remembered on the Ystalyfera County School War Memorial


NameDavid Glasbrook Thomas
Date of Death5th July 1915
Place of DeathTurkey
Age at Death27
Unit and RegimentSouth Wales Borderers; 2nd Bn.
RankPrivate
Service Number18454
Personal InformationBorn Warwickshire Birmingham 1896 Possible Son of John THOMAS (Born Llangyfelach 1860) Building Contractor of Dorglwyd Cottage Llangyfelach
Memorial  HELLES MEMORIAL - TURKEY
Local Memorials Ystalyfera County School War Memorial
Morriston War Memorial
Book = Ystalyfera County School THE FIRST 50 YEARS
Roll of Honour Bethel Chapel, Swansea Road, Llangyfelach Swansea
Book = Ystalyfera County School THE FIRST 50 YEARS
Known BrothersThomas Howel THOMAS (Born Birmingham 1894) Assayer at Steel Works
Known SistersMary Ceridwen THOMAS (Born Staffordshire 1897)

From the Cambria Daily Leader newspaper, 1915 :-

MORRISTON YOUNG HERO
The news reached Mr John Thomas contractor, Dorglwyd Cottage, Pontlasse Morriston of the death of his son Private David Glasbrook Thomas. The War Office message was to the effect that he had been killed in action in the Dardanelles on 5th July. Deceased, who was only 20 years of age, responded to his country's call many months ago and was stationed for some time in Derby. He has one brother Private Tom Thomas, with the Brecknocks. The latter was engaged in Messrs Gilbertson's Laboratory Pontardawe, prior to leaving for Foreign Service. Much sympathy is felt for the family in their bereavement.

Extract from the letter written by George E Chappell as Hon Secretary of the Ystalyfera County School Old Pupils Association:

"Six of our Old Boys have already laid down their lives for their country; another is missing, and believed dead. The first to "go under'' was Private Glasbrook Thomas, of Morriston. He spent two years in school; and those who were his contemporaries testify that he was "one of the best." "



Bethel Chapel, Llangyfelach

David Glasbrook Thomas memorial in Bethel Chapel



From the Llais 28th Sep 1916, advert for farm for sale


Memorials on the wall of Bethel Chapel, Llangyfelach

Roll of Honour, Bethel Chapel, his name is 2nd on the memorial

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