S/11371, Private, Thomas James MUNNS
9th Battalion, Royal Highlanders (Black Watch)
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  was with his widowed mother Mary  at the Black Bear, High Street, Newmarket, both were Newmarket born. A boarder at that time was Edwin JUPP  born Wimbledon.
Mother, Mary Ann married Edwin JUPP in Kensington in 1903.
1911 census...Thomas  was at the White Hart Hotel, High Street, Newmarket with his stepfather Edwin JUPP, mother Mary Ann and two half sisters, Cissie Winifred JUPP and Ruby Constance JUPP , 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|
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