Other names: Thomas James
Locations in this story: Donhead St. Mary, WiltshireMiddle EastBournemouth, HampshireSalisbury, WiltshireGallipoli, Turkey
Story: Thomas James Lucas was born on 18 Apr 1898 in Donhead St, Mary, Wiltshire, and baptised there on 22 May 1898 the son of Alfred Lucas and Julia Anne Cox Lucas (nee Reed). He lived all his early life in Donhead St. Mary. He enlisted on 5 Sep 1914 and joined the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment as a Private (Service No. 12873). Very quickly thereafter he was transferred to the 6th (Service) Battalion of the Leinster Regiment (Service No. 6/1260) and posted to the Middle East. He served at Gallipoli, Turkey, and was wounded. He also suffered from enteritis plus being wounded a second time following which he lost a finger on his left hand. His disability did not stop him being transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (Service No. 73994) and thereafter attached to the Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians) until his discharge on 9 Mar 1919. He had been awarded a gratuity as a result of the lost finger but no pension. He was also awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star. He married Emma Margaret Alice Johnson in Bournemouth, Hampshire, in 1929 and they went on to have at least one child. By the 1939 Register he was living at 94 Castlemain Avenue, Bournemouth, Hampshire, working as an Engineer's Labourer. He died in the Salisbury, Wiltshire, Registration District in 1982.