|Place Of Birth||Cardiff|
'Thomas, Horace', 'DOB: 28 July 1890
Died: 3 sept 1916 (26)
Position: Outside Half.
Major Clubs: Cambridge University, Swansea, Blackheath, Barbarians, Calcutta RFC.
Honours: Wales (2 Caps).
Swansea debut: 1912
Horace Wyndham Thomas was born to a rector from Bettws, Bridgend, but moved to England when he gained a place at King''s College, Cambridge after winning a choral scholarship. At Cambridge, Thomas studied History and was a keen sportsman. He played cricket for the Cambridge seconds, represented the athletics team and won a Blue at rugby. While playing for Cambridge he was first selected to represent Wales in 1912 in a game against the touring South African team. When Thomas was selected for the South African game he was chosen against a stipulated agreement, that stated that no Welsh player could be chosen to represent the country if they played within the London area, but did not play for London Welsh. Eight selectors travelled to Cambridge to watch Thomas play in a Varsity match which saw Cambridge victorious for the first time in seven years. The Thursday before the game, Thomas was named in the squad at a conference at the Queens''s Hotel in Cardiff. Wales lost the game 3-0, but at one point after Thomas attempted a drop goal, the crowd mistakenly believing that the kick had succeeded, cheered thinking that Thomas had won the game for Wales.
Thomas would play only one more game for Wales, under the captaincy of Tommy Vile, in the team''s opening match of the 1913 Five Nations Championship against England. Wales lost the game and Thomas ended his international rugby career without a win. Thomas left Britain to take up a post in Calcutta. While in Calcutta he joined and later became captain of the Calcutta Football Club.
In 1916 Thomas volunteered to serve his country in World War I. He reached the rank of Second Lieutenant within the Rifle Brigade and was killed in an action where he was leading his men to capture some high ground on the left bank of the River Ancre, north of Hamel some a few miles away from the the battle for Guillemont in September of 1916. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated at the Thiepval Memorial.
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