Thomas, Basil Llewellyn Boyd

Thomas, Basil Llewellyn Boyd (Basil)

Lieutenant

15th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers attached 27th Company Machine Gun Corps

Killed in action on Monday 9 April 1917 (aged 21)

Buried:

Roclincourt Valley Cemetery, France (Grave IV. H. 3)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

The death of Lieutenant Basil Llewellyn Boyd Thomas was reported in the 21 April 1917 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle under the headline Ards Officer Killed.

Basil Llewellyn Boyd Thomas was born on 18 November 1895 and he was the only son of William John and Eliza Jane Thomas (nee Boyd) who were married on 11 October 1894 in Ballywalter Presbyterian Church.  William John Thomas, a merchant from Belfast, was a son of David Thomas, a builder.  Eliza Jane Boyd from Ballyferris was a daughter of James Boyd, a farmer.

William John and Eliza Jane Thomas (nee Boyd) had at least two children:

Basil Llewellyn Boyd (born 18 November 1895)

Eileen Gwynedd Boyd (born 20 August 1898 at 23 Greenville Terrace, Belfast)

The Thomas family moved to London where they lived at Penrallt, Herne Hill, and also 158 East Dulwich Grove, Dulwich..

Lieutenant Basil Llewellyn Boyd Thomas served with the 15th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers attached to the 27th Company Machine Gun Corps and he was 21 when he was killed in action on 9 April 1917.

Lieutenant Basil Llewellyn Boyd Thomas was initially buried in an isolated location, later exhumed, and reburied in Roclincourt Valley Cemetery, France.