George Henry Thomas was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England, in 1893, the son of George Henry and Jessie Lavinia Thomas, both of whom originally came from St. Thomas Green, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. His father was a joiner, and in 1915, the family resided at 35, Peter Road, Walton, Liverpool.
George Henry junior engaged as an assistant officers’ mess steward in the Stewards’ Department on board the
Lusitania at Liverpool on 12th April 1915 at a monthly rate of pay of £4-5s-0d, (£4.25p.). He reported for duty on the morning of 17th April before the liner left on her final fateful voyage to New York.
Having completed that voyage, he was killed three weeks later when she was sunk on her return trip, by the German submarine
U-20, within sight of the coast of southern Ireland and only about 250 miles from her home port. He was aged 21 years.
His body was not recovered and identified afterwards and as a result, he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial to the Missing at Tower Hill, London.
He is also commemorated on the family grave in Anfield Cemetery, Liverpool, the inscription on the headstone reading: -
GEORGE HENRY THOMAS, M.N.
..... LOST ON THE LUSITANIA
7TH MAY 1915, AGED 21 YEARS.
“UNITED IN DEATH.”
His father George died in April 1926 aged 64 years and his mother Jessie died in June1924 aged 75 years.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, Pembroke County Guardian, PRO BT 100/345, Maurice Rigby, PRO BT 334.