|Place Of Birth||Merthyr Tydfil|
Lewis Cobden Thomas was born in August 1865 and educated at Aberystwyth University. He played rugby for Cardiff (12 appearances in the 1883 – 4 and 1884 – 5 seasons) and Neath as well as winning two Welsh caps (against England and Scotland in 1885).
Thomas was also a powerful swimmer and on one occasion rescued a man who was drowning in the Deep Pool, Pontsarn in Merthyr. For his heroic action he was awarded the Certificate of the Royal Humane Society.
After graduation from Aberystwyth he became a solicitor in Neath and was elected to the town council in 1897 - by 1900 Lewis had been elected mayor.
Lewis Cobden Thomas died in Neath in April 1928 aged 62.
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