He is Leonard Alexander Thomas DSM (my 3rd cousin 1x removed) so, having 'found' Leonard I'll write about what i know of him.
Leonard was born on the 20th October 1896 in Grateley, Andover, Hampshire, England to Jonas William Thomas and Agnes Alexander. Leonard was the third son of eight children, four boys and four girls. Leonard was 13 at the time of the
|HMS Glory 1899|
He joined the R N R (Royal Navy Reserve) as a Trimmer on 14th August 1915 and was soon aboard HMS Victory. Leonard's vital statistics were as follows: height 5' 10"; complexion Dark; eyes Blue; Chest measurement 35½". He was confirmed navally medically fit for confirmation of rating. So perhaps we can imagine this young man aged just 19, excited about a great adventure.
|Crew of HMS Vivid in the time Leonard was there|
I wish I knew which one he was
Leonard served on five Royal Navy ships during his short service. He served on Victory from 14th August 1915 to 4th December 1915 (a training depot); Implacable from 24th April 1918 to 7th June 1918; Vivid from 5th December 1915 to 3rd April 1918; Idaho from 4th April 1918 to 22nd April 1918; Glory from 8th June 1918 until his death on the 10th October 1918.
|Supplement to the London Gazette 2 July 1917|
0159 - 29 JUNE 1917
Honours for Service in Mine-Sweeping Operations.
..... in recognition of their services in Mine-sweeping operations between the 1st July, 1916, and the 31st March, 1917: To Receive the Distinguished Service Medal:
Trmr. Leonard Thomas, R.N.R., O.N. 1937 S.T.
Leonard died on the 18th October 1918 on board HMS Glory at Archangel (Murmansk) Northern Russia from influenza. Seven other members of the crew died of influenza in the same week Leonard died. This was of course the time of the great influenza epidemic of 1918.