Thomas was born on the 12th October 1883, in Hatfield. The son of Joseph Ward and Jane Isabella Ward (nee Dagleish). The youngest of four children. The 1891 census records Thomas aged 7, at school, living with his widowed mother, brother David 13, and sisters Eleanor 11 and Margaret 9, in Waterford, Herts. In 1901 he was still living at home with his widowed mother and brother David, in Waterford, Herts. His occupation was a Plumber. By 1911 Census records him as single, living in Waterford, Herts. With his widowed mother. His occupation is given as a Plumber Lead Builder.