Captain G. O'D.F. Thomas-O'Donel
In memory of Captain George O'Donel Frederick Thomas-O'Donel from County Mayo. Adjutant of the 4th Royal Fusiliers, Killed in Action on the 16th of June 1915 at Bellewaarde, age 30. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate.
St George's Memorial Church, Ypres
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St George's Memorial Church, Ypres was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield, he was also responsible for the design of the Menin Gate Memorial. The glass windows of the church were made by the London firm of Clayton and Bell and their designs are attributed to Reginald Bell. The above set of 3 windows is to the rear of the church, the window to the left is dedicated to Captain Thomas-O'Donal. Move your mouse over the image to view window dedicated to the memory of Captain George Thomas-O’Donel from County Mayo in Ireland. This window was given by his parents Edwin and Milicent Agnes Thomas-O’Donel.
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From 'The Royal Fusiliers'. Having lost a number of officers and men, we withdrew and took a line in a communication trench that Captain Delaperrelle had taken up and turned into a fire trench. This was consolidated and held against all counter-attacks and frontal attacks, as well as a bomb attack on the right until told to leave the trench after 12:00. The Brigadier of the 7th Bde took over at 10.00 and ordered the CO, Major R G Hely Hutchinson to go into the wood we had just captured and reorganise the men that remained. This was done immediately - these men were subjected to heavy shelling all day - casualties were appalling. The Adjutant, Captain G Thomas O'Donel, was killed with his orderlies and operators by a high explosive shell.
George was mentioned twice in despatches and was awarded the Military Cross. He has no known grave but is commemorated on the Menin Gate.