Ezecial Thomas

Language: Welsh & English
Rank & Number: Private, 92077
Regiment: 3rd RWF
Cemetery / Memorial: Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Ireland (Pres. 93)
Other memorials: Glan Conwy


10th October 1918, aged 37

Excerpts taken from the following book:
Dr Bridget Osborne, We Will Remember Them… The Men of Eglwysbach and Llansanffraid who served in the Great War, 2016

Life / Background:

Ezecial was the son of Lewis and Catherine Thomas, both of Eglwysbach. Born in 1881, he was the youngest of the family. Lewis was a general workman in Croft’s Yard at the time of Ezecial’s birth, but by 1891 had moved to Gareg ddima, working as a gardener. After Lewis died, Catherine and Ezecial stayed at Gareg ddima. Catherine took up work as a laundress, almost certainly in the laundry of Bodnant, in what is now the Bodnant food centre, whilst Ezecial became a rural postman. In June 1910 Ezecial married Alice Louisa Vaughan. They lived with his mother at Penrhiwadrwr cottages, where he would have known Tom Norton, from Eglwysbach.
Ezecial was one of the military personnel travelling on RMS Leinster, the mail boat operated by the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company, travelling to Holyhead from Kingstown Dun Laoghaire) when she was torpedoed by UB-123 on 10th October and sunk with the loss of over 500 lives.