Part of an article from the Lynn Advertiser - Friday 17 September 1920. Thomas was greenkeeper at the Royal West Norfolk Golf Club
"He was an old soldier, and had an interesting army career. He enlisted in the 15th Reg. of Foot on 19th June, 1875, at Hull. He shot for and won his company's sheild at Preston. Lancs., was picked for Wimbledon to shoot for the Queen's Shield, but the Zulu War broke out: he volunteered, and was transferred to the 99th Regt, landing in Natal in 1879. He formed one of the relief columns at Rorke's Drift. One of his treasured possessions was a book picked on the battlefield at Isandhlwana. He was present at the capture of Cetewayo at Ulundi.
He served again in Africa in 1881. and went to Egypt the following year, landing 24 hours too late to gain the Egyptian Star. During the Great War he was a corporal in the local V.T.C., while his wife was working on munitions and of his five sons, three served in the army, one in the navy, and the youngest in the Sea Scouts. Of a kindly and courteous disposition, the whole village regret his death. The funeral was yesterday (Thursday).