My Grandfather Mr William John Thomas (Bill to everyone) grew up in a small mining town in the Rhondda Valleys called Maerdy. He was the son of a miner and one of five children. He sadly passed away at the age of 87 but left behind a legacy that all of my family are proud of. the following is only a small extract of his life but one which I want to share with you:
|Bill (Ringed) at the end of his basic training|
|A photo of Bill taken at Denholm|
|Bill with some of his unit just before de-mob in UK (airbase not known)|
|Bill at his University Graduation|
|Bill at Christmas 2010 wearing his RAF tie. Still proud to have served his country|
Some of the most endearing and life long memories I will hold of Bill is his pride of having served his country in the armed forces at such a terrible time in our history, his thirst for knowledge and encouragement of others to seek it, that he was a true gentleman, respected by everyone who new him, his love for his family and even after losing his wife Lilian, in his eyes he was still married to an "irreplaceable woman whom he would love till the day he died".