I regret to inform you of the death of my father, Harold Gluyas Thomas last Sunday the 24th January. He was proud to have been a Ninth Lancer and to have served throughout the Second World War despite the loss of an eye in an action in Italy. From scouting in France during the allied retreat through to his discharge in peace time he had quite a few recollections of his service to tell. He also won the Military Medal in May 1942.
Of course, as a farmer’s son, he should have been in a reserved occupation. However despite being bawled out by the same recruiting officer twice, once in Portsmouth and next in Weymouth, a trip to London did the trick. However even then although the recruiting officer expressed doubts about being a ‘mechanic’ and suggested he should keep quiet about earlier employment.
Fortunately he had some knowledge of the innards of his tractor but also of a gentle man’s Daimler car in Fittleworth village. This it seems qualified him not to fulfill his ambition to work on tanks but assignment to a Daimler scout car.
We will be having a funeral service a t the West Berkshire crematorium 10:30 am 10th February for family only and this will be followed by a memorial service at St Nicolas church, Sulham where all friends, colleagues and acquaintances will be most welcome. The service there is programmed for 11:30 am although this may be delayed 15 to 20 minutes later dependent on traffic. Refreshments will be provided for all after the service.