South African Forces attached RM Commandos
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Lieut. Thomas was from Maclear in the Transkei, South Africa. The South African Legion website records him as attached to the RM Commandos, 4th Special Service Bde., during the allied landings at Normandy, and that he recieved shrapnel wounds to his leg. He was awarded the MC for "gallant and distinguished services in operations in North West Europe." (Source: London Gazettes Supp. 36846, page 5809, and Supp. 36895, page 417.) In 1945 Lieut. Thomas MC served at the CBTC. He is pictured and named in a photo entitled "Commando Basic Training Centre - Officers Mess - 1945." Post war he retrurned to South Africa. More can be read here: South African D Day Hero.
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