Being seriously wounded during the Battle of Crete Thomas was taken prisoner by the Germans.He spent many months recuperating in a prisoner of war hospital in Greece. During this time he made several unsuccessful attempts. Determined to escape he managed to convince the doctors to pass him as ‘fit’ and was sent to the transit POW camp Thessaloniki in northern Greece where he made a final successful escape.
He evaded capture for over a year as he made his way to neutral Turkey and then onto Syria, reaching the Allies and going on to command the 23rd New Zealand Infantry Battalion, fighting in North Africa and Italy.
At the end of the war Thomas transferred to the British Regular Army and rose through the ranks. He finished his career as Britain’s final commander of Far East Land Forces in Singapore in the 1970s.
Thomas published a number of books detailing his wartime adventures including ‘Dare to be Free’ and ‘Pathways to Adventure’.
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