Thomas was born in Tottenham, London, the eldest child of James and Ellen Perry. The family lived in Noble Street, Clerkenwell in 1891 and Thomas now had a sister, Ellen. They remained at the same address in 1901 and James is now shown as a cab driver. Thomas' two younger brothers, George and Richard, had arrived by this time.
Thomas joined the militia in October 1905, when he was workings as a general labourer. He then enlisted in the army in January 1906, joining the South Wales Borderers. He signed up for 9 years in the army and three in the reserves, which was known as a Short Services Attestation. His occupation on enlistment was given as carman.
He served in India for four years between 1907 and 1910, and later service included about eighteen months as hospital orderly and about six months as a batman.
In 1911 he is based at Chatham Barracks in Kent with the 1st Battalion, South Wales Borderers.
Thomas was wounded in action by a gunshot to the head in April 1915, whilst in Gallipoli. After treatment he returned to the Battalion
Lance Corporal Thomas William Perry
Royal Welsh Fusiliers, B company 2nd Garrison Battalion,
service no. 38230
Died 4th November 1918, aged 30
Buried in Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery
Borderers in Brecon sent a football team to play a Coventry team for the benefit of the widows and family of soldiers killed in the action.
There is limited evidence of Arthur or his parents living in Brecon. However, Arthur enlisted at the Brecon Barracks and spent time there as well as serving for about thirteen years with the South Wales Borderers. Military records also show his parents as living Brecon but that has not been verified.