S/11371, Private, Thomas James MUNNS
Aged 19

9th Battalion, Royal Highlanders (Black Watch)
Killed in Action on Thursday 27th April 1916

Born in Newmarket in Q1-1897 [Newmarket 3b:536] to Thomas and Mary Ann MUNNS (née PEARCE) of The Black Bear, High Street, Newmarket.

His father died in 1898, in Newmarket, aged 36.

1901 census...Thomas [6] was with his widowed mother Mary [32] at the Black Bear, High Street, Newmarket, both were Newmarket born. A boarder at that time was Edwin JUPP [30] born Wimbledon.

Mother, Mary Ann married Edwin JUPP in Kensington in 1903.

1911 census...Thomas [14] was at the White Hart Hotel, High Street, Newmarket with his stepfather Edwin JUPP, mother Mary Ann and two half sisters, Cissie Winifred JUPP[8] and Ruby Constance JUPP [4], both born in Newmarket.

He enlisted in Chelmsford. Arrived in France on 22nd December 1915. He was one of 4 men of his battalion killed that day, all are commemorated on the Loos Memorial. The 15th Scottish Division were involved in the Battle of Hulluch 27-29 April 1916. It was the day that the Germans released vast quatities of gas in the Battle of Hulluch (even killing some of their own). It was however a quiet spell for the 9th Royal Highlanders who were seemingly being held in Reserve, suffering the occasional death through shelling, until that is, two days later, when 32 died

No known grave - Thomas is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, France - Ref: panels 78 to 83
also on the JUPP gravestone in Newmarket cemetery B-143

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