He survived the Blitz, five monarchs and both World Wars.
But Thomas, who was Britain's oldest resident, has died aged 130 - after being bitten by a rat.
He was born in 1882 and was pulled out of the rubble of a bomb-hit house in Essex in 1945.
The reptile had to be put down by owner June Le Gallez after being attacked by a rat in the back garden of her home in Guernsey.
Thomas, who survived the Blitz, has died aged 130 after being bitten by a rat.
Tearful June said: 'We are all very upset as you can imagine, Thomas was like a member of the family.
'He was put down after he was bitten on the leg by a rogue rat in the garden and the wound become so inflamed that it started pushing into his shell.
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