David Rhys Thomas, son of David John and Rosanna Thomas, of Caerphilly, Glamorgan, enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps and volunteered for airborne forces.
Private Thomas attended parachute course 34 at RAF Ringway on 22 to 27 October 1942 and was then posted to 127 Parachute Field Ambulance, RAMC.
He later took part in the amphibious landings in Italy in September 1943, on board a mine layer, HMS Abdiel. Unfortunately, HMS Abdiel struck a mine in Taranto Harbour causing significant casualties and loss of life, including Pte Thomas.
Pte Thomas died at sea on 10 September 1943, aged 23.
He is commemorated on the Cassino Memorial.
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