|Date of birth:||1880|
|Place of birth:||Southampton|
|Date of marriage:||1911|
|Place of marriage:||Southampton|
|Regiment:||Machine Gun Corps|
|Died:||9th November 1918 aged 38 years|
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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”
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.
|Published:||21st April 2014|
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