I have four (4) great uncles who served in WW1.  I can identify three (3) and have their records but I'm unable to trace the fourth.  Arthur Frederick Blanchard THOMAS (dob 15.02.1887) was the eldest of these four brothers who all enlisted in Tasmania in 1914.  As far as I know he was still living at that time.

I would be grateful for any assistance.

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Comment by Debra on June 28, 2015 at 0:30

Hi Trish,

He is not mentioned in either of these references:

Mrs B. Thomas, 30 Herbert-street, Invermay, received word from the Base Records Office yesterday that her son, Private H.W. Thomas had made the supreme sacrifice in France (previously reported missing). This is the second son who has given his life for his country, while a third son, Lieutenant C. E. Thomas, is fighting in France. Much sympathy is felt for the family.



Arthur was in New Zealand when his mother died in 1940:

THOMAS - On May 29, 1940, at a private hospital, Launceston, Sarah, loved widow of the late Blanchard Thomas, of 30 Herbert Street, Invermay, and loving mother of Charles (Melbourne), Arthur (New Zealand), and grandmother of Harry Lyall, Maisie (Mrs. Dargan), Jean (Mrs. Speirs) and Meg Kilby, aged 78 years. Private Interment Carr Villa Cemetery.


Arthur tried to enlist with the NZ forces in 1916 but was rejected due to an old shoulder injury which gave him limited movement.  He attested again in December 1917 for general service.  His record gives details of his wife and daughter.  Search at Archway here for Arthur Frederick THOMAS (THOMAS, Arthur Frederick - WW1 11a/1527 - Army)  http://www.archway.archives.govt.nz/

Arthur died in 1941.

NZ BDM indexes https://bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/Search/




Comment by Trish Schell on June 30, 2015 at 22:48

Hi Debra

Thank  you so much for this information. I have discovered a few pieces of mis-information on the My Heritage website including that my earthly status had expired and another that Arthur had died in Iowa USA. Can you by any chance tell me how I can research Jean Speirs?   I know from genuine research I have done that Sarah's son Harry David had a daughter Jean who was in the care of Sarah because her mother had died and I think this may be the connection.  I have the war records of Charles, Harry and Herbert.  Harry Lyall, whose mother had died when he was nine years old,  was my father and Sarah was my G Grandmother.

Comment by Debra on July 1, 2015 at 11:06

Hi Trish,

From Sarah's application for a War Gratuity here on ths NAA, Harry's daughter was Miriam Eva Jean THOMAS, born in Victoria who she also refers to as Jean.

She is on NSW electoral rolls in 1934 and 1935 in Sydney and there is a Sarah THOMAS at the same address.  She married in 1936 to Ernest Henderson SPEIRS who was a Painter.  Indexes are here:


Ernest served in WW2

They were in NSW until 1963 but I don't know where they went to after that.



Comment by Debra on July 1, 2015 at 11:17

Yes I do, Jean went to Tasmania:


As you have an exact death date you can try contacting the Tas State Library to look up a death notice.




Comment by Debra on July 1, 2015 at 11:24

Ernest died in 1980, here is his Will:


Comment by Trish Schell on July 1, 2015 at 14:31

Hi Debra

Thank you again.  I've taken a quick look at that information but I'm going on R & R until next Monday so will leave the more in-depth searches until I return (you know what it's like once a search is underway) and I have to finish packing. I have an old sepia photograph of my dad Harry flanked by his sister Beatrice (Maisie) and cousin Jean both holding their dolls.  They look to be about 10 years old.  I'm not sure if you're interested but if so, I would be happy to scan a copy and send to you.

Cheers... Trish

Comment by sarfarnaa on July 16, 2015 at 17:15

Hello Trish

You can search Discovering Anzacs for Advanced Search > Person > Last name THOMAS and first name Arthur.

With Place of Birth location - Tasmania 

There are four names - perhaps one of your relatives.




Comment by venus timberlake on July 24, 2015 at 19:56

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Comment by Graeme on August 20, 2017 at 15:07

Hi Trish. Just saw this post. I have a little info on Arthur Frederick Blanchard THOMAS. He married my G-grandmother's sister


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