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Great ending and well done on all the hard work! I bet he is up there very happy its back in the family
Wow, this is an amazing story! Congratulations on find it and getting it back within the family!
Been doing some research to see if I could find the action where Thomas won his military medal, working back from the London gazette date took me to the battle of Arras, the local newspaper archive provided another clue and from his records he was serving in D company a look in the unit war diary gave what I think must be the action.
Adding a little meat to the bone, here is a pre-war picture of the officer, F R Williams, killed in the action you mention. Picture is from ancestry.
Also, have you tried checking the war diary for Brigade/Divisional level (41 Brigade/14 Division)? Always worth checking in case they have lists of recommendations for men etc. Here's the link for Brigade level:
41 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters. | The National Archives
Many thanks Tom, another part of the story indeed, will get the brigade diary and see if there's any mention, thanks again, much appreciated,