July 17, 2002


Pictured is George Thomas, the 16-year-old only child of a
widowed mother, with his Lewis machine gun. At the time
this photo was taken (year unknown), George had been a
seaman for 10 months and had the distinction of being the
youngest British seaman to hold a Merchant Navy Gunnery
Certificate. Thomas, who mans anti-aircraft guns aboard
a British tanker, has visited South Africa, Spain, New
Zealand, Panama, and Australia.