Charles Henry Thomas was the son of James Thomas and Ellen Thomas (nee Lea). His parents were married in 1885 at Christ Church C.of E. Church, Bootle
 
1901 Census: 4 Brookhill Road, Bootle - Parents with children Elizabeth E, Edward, Hannah, Charles, William A and James P
 
1911 Census: 35 Linacre Lane, Bootle - Parents with children Elizabeth Davies (Married daughter) Edward, Hannah, Henry and Arthur. The family were still living at this address after war. Henry was a was a baker's messenger in 1911.
 
In 1901 Charles Henry is down as Charles and in 1911 as Henry. On both census returns he is born 1896 in Bootle. He is listed on Linacre Council School Memorial as C. Harry Thomas 7th KLR
 
A report on his death appeared in the Bootle Times on the 3rd August 1917. His photo appeared in the report and is reproduced here with the kind permission of the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo.
 
KILLED IN HIS BILLET.
OFFICER'S TRIBUTE TO BOOTLE APPRENTICE.
   Pte. C.H. Thomas, K.L.R., second son of Mr. James Thomas, 35, Linacre-lane, Bootle, was killed in his billet on July 22nd. He had been a long time in the trenches, and had gone to the billet for a little rest. A shell exploded just outside the door, and he was killed instantaneously. His captain describes him as a splendid example of what a soldier should be. He had been a pioneer and carried out his work splendidly under very heavy shell fire. Both officers and men express their deepest sympathy to the family in their loss.
   Harry Thomas attended Linacre Council School in his boyhood, and later became a member of Linacre Bible Class. He was apprenticed with Mr. George Parr, painter and decorator, and his kindly genial disposition endeared him to all with whom he became associated. Harry was intensely patriotic, and joined the Colours in December, 1914, a few months after the outbreak of war. He had been in France since February last, and his father received a letter from him by the same post that brought Captain Pert's letter announcing the young fellow's death. Harry was only 21 years of age.

Bootle Times 3rd August 1917