David Thomas born 1873

The birth of David Thomas was registered in Borth, Aberystwyth, Wales in 1873 and his parents were David Thomas born at Taliesin, Cardiganshire, Wales in 1850 and Mary Thomas (nee Evans) born in 1850, who married at Aberystwyth in 1872.

His paternal grand-parents were David Thomas born at Llanbadarn, Cardiganshire, Wales  in 1815 and Elizabeth Morgans, born at Elerch, Cardiganshire, Wales in 1816, who married at Llangynfelyn Parish Church in 1842.

He married Lillian Cluton at Wrexham, North Wales, in 1902 and they had two daughters, Doris Myfanwy Thomas and Lilian Winifred Thomas.  He died on 13 February 1848 and is buried in Colwyn Bay Cemetary, in North Wales.

David Thomas is mentioned in the 1881 UK Census at Llanllyfni, Caernarvon, and the 1911 Census at Llandulas, Abergele, North Wales.  He served in the South Wales Borderers from aged 18 in 1892, serving in South Africa during Boar War, and afterwards became a Sergeant in the Denbighshire Constabulary until retirement in 1925.  During the First World War he served in Salonica, Egypt, and Turkey and also assisted to form three battalions of the Royal Welch Fusiliers.

(Info from Royal Regiment of Wales): 3941 Private David Thomas, 2nd Battalion South Wales Borderers. Born at Holy Trinity, Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire, trade – labourer. Enlisted at Aldershot 08/03/1892 aged 18 years. Posted from South Africa to England time expired.
Queens South Africa medal with clasps (Cape Colony), Orange Free State, Transvaal). King’s South Africa medal with clasps (1901, 1902).

Presentation certificate on retirement from police reads as follows:
“Presented to Sergeant David Thomas Late of Denbighshire Constabulary on the occasion of his retirement. On behalf of the residents of Colwyn Bay & District, we desire to place on record our high appreciation of your valuable services whilst in this district. Where you have always been found to be a most capable courteous & tactful Officer, not alone have you discharged your police duties to the complete satisfaction of all concerned, but you have also served your King & Country, in the Boar War, and when the appeal for Instructors in the Great War went forth you nobly responded to the call, Salonica, Egypt, & Turkey being the scenes of your labours, as well as assisting to form the 19th 21st & 22nd Battalions of the Royal Welch Fusiliers. In your retirement you take with you our hearty good wishes for your future happiness, and we trust you will long be spared to enjoy your well earned rest. Signed on behalf of the subscribers. Richard Lumley Chairman Jim L. Francis Hon Treasurer E. Birthell Hon Secretary 31 August 1925″

David Thomas Retirement Certificate
Certificate presented to Sergeant David Thomas on his retirement from the police

Marriage of David Thomas

Marriage of David Thomas and Lillian Clutton in 1902
Marriage of David Thomas and Lillian Clutton in 1902

UK Census Entries for David Thomas:

UK Census 1911.  Wern Cottage, Llandulas, Abergele.
David Thomas, head, aged 35, married, police constable, Denbigh constabulary, born: Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire.
Lilian Thomas, wife, aged 29, married, born: Wrexham, Denbighshire.
Lilian Thomas, daughter, aged 7, school, born: Denbighshire.
Doris Thomas, daughter, aged 4, school, born: wrexham, Denbighshire.

Death of David Thomas

Colwyn Bay Cemetary Headstone reads:
David Thomas and Lilian Thomas.  David Thomas died 13 Feb 1948, aged 72, also his beloved wife Lilian died 13 March 1952, aged 69.
In loving memory “Reunited”.