David Thomas was born in Borth, Aberystwyth, in 1873, and 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. He married Lillian Cluton at Wrexham, North Wales, in 1902. He died on 13 February 1848 and is buried in Colwyn Bay Cemetary, in North Wales.
(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″