THOMAS, Thomas

South African Union Defence Force
Honours & Awards: 
Lt. DC 'Tommy' Thomas MC
Lieutenant Thomas Thomas was seconded to the Royal Marines from the South Africa Union Defence Force. In June 1944 he was attached to 45RM Commando 'A' troop [1a][1b] during the landings at Normandy and was later wounded by shrapnel to his leg [1b]. He was awarded the Military Cross for "gallant and distinguished services in operations in North West Europe." [2].
  • In January 1945 he is still listed as serving in 45RM Commando [1] but at some future date in 1945 Lieutenant Thomas MC was serving at the Commando Basic Training Centre [3]. 
[1a] Navy Lists June 1944 Bi Monthly Vol 1; and Jan 1945 Quarterly Vol2.
[1b] The Story of 45 Commando, author David Young.
[2] London Gazette 36846, page 5809, amended by LG 36895, page 417 (SAUDF added; forename shown as Thomas on both).
[3] CVA Gallery photo entitled "Commando Basic Training Centre - Officers Mess - 1945."
There is some confusion with this Officer's service and that of a Lt Dennis Croft Thomas, SAUDF attached 42RM Commando. Lt. D.C. Thomas was a member of the Burma Star Association and wrote his commando unit on his application form in 1963. 

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