James Thomas Matthews

James Thomas Matthews ©

James Thomas Matthews ©

Date of birth: 1880
Place of birth: Southampton
Date of marriage: 1911
Place of marriage: Southampton
Service No.: 191166
Rank: Private
Regiment: Machine Gun Corps
Battalion: Infantry
Died: 9th November 1918 aged 38 years
Death location: Home

 

 

 

This photograph is © Richard Taunton Sixth Form College. Southampton Cenotaph Families and Friends Group have received permission to reproduce this photograph and extracts from the narrative on the Old Tauntonians’ online War Memorial:http://www.ota-southampton.org.uk/memorial/index.html

Please do not reproduce the photograph or any wording from this page.  If you want permission to use this photograph or narrative please contact the College on email@richardtaunton.ac.uk.

 

Life before the War

James married Alice Mary Louisa Grace in 1911 Southampton. They had a son Gerald born 1915 Southampton

James left a Probate:
“Matthews James Thomas of Ardwyn Newlands Avenue Southampton 3rd Company D Machine Gun Corps training battalion died 9 November 1918 at Cannock Chase Military Hospital Staffordshire. Administration Winchester 12 March 1919 to Alice Mary Louisa Matthews widow. Effects £344 10s 6d”

 

War Service

James's headstone at Southampton Old Cemetery

James’s headstone at Southampton Old Cemetery

Old Tauntonians’ Memorial Roll

Time at Taunton’s School:  1893 – 1896

Education and Employment:  James was born on the 19th October 1880 in Southampton.  He was a pupil at Freemantle School before going to Taunton’s.  James worked for at least 10 years as a Rate Collector – the same line of work as his father.

Life during the War:  James married Alice Mary Louisa Grace on on 16th October 1911 in Shirley Parish, and their son Gerald was born in 1915.  James enlisted in Southampton, and was a Private in the Machine Gun Corps Infantry.  He was in the training battalion of the corps when he died of pneumonia at Cannock Chase Military Hospital in Staffordshire.  He is buried in the Old Cemetery on Southampton Common.  His brother Walter also died during the war.

James died on 9th November 1918 aged 38 years.

The reference of James’ grave at Southampton Old Cemetery is 91 O. 61.

 

 

Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 21st April 2014
Updated: Insert dates here

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