Other names: Charles Samuel Williamson
Locations in this story: Netherbury, Beaminster, DorsetShaftesbury, DorsetBengal, IndiaBlackheath, London, S.E.Jubbul Para, Bengal, India
Story: Charles Samuel Williamson Thomas was born in Netherbury, Beaminster, Dorset, on 1 Feb 1877 and baptised there on 2 Mar 1877 the son of George Nunn Thomas, an Army Officer, and Louisa Frances Thomas (nee Keddle). He lived his early life at Wooth Grange House, Netherbury, except, when attending for some of his education, at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset, from which establishment he left in 1889. He joined the Army and by 1901 had become a Captain in the Royal Garrison Artillery and posted to Bengal, India, where he became the Superintendant of the Indian Army Ordnance Department. He married Maud Minnie Martha Rennie at Dehra Dun, Bengal, India, on 6 Mar 1906 and they went on to have one son. By 1911 he was back in the UK living at 17 Old Dover Road, Blackheath, London, S.E. During the period of WW1 he returned to India and was promoted to Major. After the war he remained with the Indian Army and was awarded the British War Medal. By the time of the 1939 Register he had returned to the UK, having retired with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, and was living at Wooth Grange, Netherbury, Beaminster, Dorset. He died on 10 Jun 1940 in Netherbury. Charles's brother, Arthur Francis Thomas, also served in the Navy during the conflict according to Shaftesbury Grammar School records.