Edward Thomas (British Army soldier)

Edward Thomas (British Army soldier)

Corporal Edward Thomas, MM, of the 4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards fired the first shot of the British Army in World War I, at 7am on 22 August 1914 outside Mons.

He enlisted as a drummer in the Royal Horse Artillery, but transferred to the 4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards before the outbreak of hostilities. He was promoted to Sergeant on 5 November 1915 and transferred to the Machine Gun Corps in 1916. He returned to the Royal Irish Dragoons at the end of hostilities and was finally discharged in 1923.

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