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William Beach Thomas was born 22 May 1868. Thomas excelled in education, attending Oxford University before moving in to teaching himself in 1891. After finding his natural talent for journalism, Thomas began contributing to The Globe, work that would lead to a full time post at The Outlook magazine and then at the Daily Mail in 1907.

After war broke out he was sent to France to report on the situation there. Following the armistice, Thomas services as a war correspondent earned him a knighthood. He continued to write on both country life and foreign affairs, and even published two autobiographies before his death in 1957.