During the Boer War he is known to have served with the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards.
In 1903 he married Flower Plumley in London. By 1910 the couple and their young family were living in Hednesford Road, Heath Hayes and Thomas was employed as a stallman at East Cannock Colliery.
He enlisted with the 1st Battalion Scots Guards in November 1914. However the following January, Thomas was reported as ‘missing in action – presumed dead’. His death was officially recorded as 25th January 1915. He left a widow and five children.
Thomas is commemorated on the Heath Hayes War Memorial and on the Le Touret Memorial in France.