1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals, 1939/45 Defence & War Medals, Air Efficiency Medal GVI to Squadron Leader Douglas Owen Thomas, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve late Royal Naval Air Service an Military Outfitter originally from Streatham, London. Attesting for the RNAS in October 1914, he served with the ARMOURED CAR section in the Dardanelles from April 1915 to January 1916 as a Driver and Machine Gunner. Commissioned Flight Sub Lieutenant RNAS in June 1916, he qualified as a pilot in July 1916. Flying Seaplanes on patrol work from Naval Air Stations and from November 1917 from the Seaplane Carrier HMS Engadine. Demobilized in January 1919 he returned to the family Military Tailor business. Commissioned into the RAFVR in July 1938, he served as an Intelligence Officer throughout the War. Relinquishing his commission in 1954, retaining the rank of Squadron Leader.

1914/15 Star

F.1670 D O Thomas POM RNAS

British War & Victory Medals

Lieut D O Thomas RAF

1939/45 Defence & War Medals

Unnamed as issued

Air Efficiency Award GVI 1st type

Flt Lt D O Thomas RAFVR

The trio mounted as originally worn in a velvet lined leather presentation case with “Flight Lieut D O Thomas” on lid.


Douglas Owen Thomas was born 27th January 1892 in Streatham, the 1911 census records he is 19 years old employed as a Tailor and Cutter by his father Alfred William a Master Military Tailor. Residing with his father and mother Mary Elizabeth at ‘Woodfield’, Woodfield Road, Leigh on Sea, Essex.  London a Military Outfitter he entered the Royal Naval Air Service 29th October 1914 and was rated Petty Officer Mechanic (Engineering) the same day. Serving with the Armoured Car Section RNAS in the Dardanelles from 1st April 1915 to 15th January 1916, his RAF officers service record records –

‘Proficient in Morse and Semiphore, Armoured Car Driver and Motorcyclist. Knowledge of motor engines, Machine Gunnery, good at French having lived in France for two years. Sixteen months on Seaplanes, eight months as solo pilot’.

douglas owen thomas

Commissioned Flight Sub Lieutenant 25th June 1916, he qualified for his pilot’s certificate 21st October 1916 on a Graham-White Biplane at RNAS Chingford. He married in Croydon, Surrey 21st December 1916 Nora Ebbuth, the daughter of an Undertaker. Flying seaplanes, operating from Chrystal Palace from 15th July 1916, Calshot from 12th March 1917, and the Seaplane Carrier HMS Engadine from 8th November 1917. Promoted Flight Lieutenant RAF 1st April 1918 he transferred to  the Unemployed List 25th January 1919.

The family Tailor business was finally wound up voluntarily 27th July 1938 (London Gazette 2nd August 1938 page 5001). Commissioned Flying Officer (72729) 26th August 1939 RAFVR he was employed as an Intelligence Officer throughout the War, awarded the Air Efficiency Medal 27th April 1950 as Flight Lieutenant, he relinquished his commission retaining the rank of Squadron Leader 10th February 1954 (London Gazette 31st August 1954 page 5015).

NEF £650 Reserved