Source: Chaplains in the HEIC 1805 to 1835 (Rev Frank Perry, The Church In Madras 1904)
Biography: WILLIAM THOMAS Son of Richard Thomas of Shrewsbury. Born 1779. Educated at Shrewsbury. Matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford, 1797, but did not graduate. Appointed by the Directors 1805. Served at Bellary 1806-8; Cannanore and the West Coast stations 1808-12; Bangalore 1812-20; the Presidency Church (St. George s) 1820-24, when he retired. At Bellary and Bangalore he originated local missions, which were carried on by means of monthly subscriptions among the civil and military officers of the garrisons, and were unconnected with either of the missionary societies of the Church. Fifty years after, when they had grown beyond the management of the Chaplain, they were taken over by the S.P.G. Thomas served the whole of his time without taking leave to Europe. He probably suffered in health in consequence, for on his return home he was unable to do any regular work.