Leslie Albert Thomas

Memorial: South Gloucestershire war dead not on a local memorial

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Medals: 1939–45 Star, War Medal 1939–1945

Rank and number: Private 4621155

Parents: Walter and Mabel Thomas

Marital status: Married

Home address: Home Address: Mangotsfield Lived: 8 Jubilee Road Kingswood

Pre-war occupation: Worked in the brewing industry

Date of birth: 28/12/1914

Date of death: 07/10/1944

Buried/Commemorated at: Buried at Faenza War Cemetery, Italy. Not commemorated on a local memorial

Age: 29

Further information:

Leslie was the son of a sugar refiner and the eldest of four children with two sisters and a brother. Leslie married Britannia Mustow in Autumn 1939.

Leslie's battalion (the 1st) fought in the Italian Campaign and Leslie was wounded in February 1944. He re-joined his battalion and during the Autumn of 1944 helped successfully to breach the Gothic line of German defence. Following on from this victory, the allied advance stalled as troops were withdrawn to assist with the Normandy Offensive that was being fought at the same time. Those left behind continued with “static fighting” until the Allied Advance could be renewed in April 1945. The war cemetery at Faenza where Leslie is buried, was formed for the burial of those who were killed during static fighting.

By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):

This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
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