Private John Thurlow

Date of Birth c.1886
Age at Death 32
Date of Death 18 September 1918
Service Number 203340
Military Service Royal Sussex Regiment (16th Yeomanry) Battalion
Merton Address 33B Grenfell Road, Mitcham
Local Memorial Mitcham War Memorial

Additional Information

John James was the only son of William James Thurlow and his wife Elizabeth Kate Newby who had married at the Parish Church of St Michael on the 4th April 1884. He was baptized on the 14th February 1886. Baptismal records reveal that the family resided in 12 Carlow Street off Arlington Road. William James was employed as a horse keeper according to the baptism records.

According to the 1891 Census, the 28 year old William James had now been widowed and the family now resided with William James parents at 158 to 160 Drummond Street, St Pancras in London. His 55 year old father also called William James was employed as a general labourer living with his 60 wife Mary who was now blind and paralysed along with William and Mary’s five children and John James was now only 5 years old.

In 1898, thirty six year old William James married 28 year old Blanche Emily Brearley. Marriage records reveal that William James was now employed as a glass cutter and that the family were now residing at 18 Carlow Street in London.

The 1901 Census reveals that the Thurlow family now lived at 25 Marsland Road Newington London, 38 year old William and 31 year old Blanche now had a total of 4 children. John James, who was now 15 years old was employed as an office boy.

The 1911 Census reveals William and Blanche had been married now for 12 years and that the couple had had a total of 2 children, one child Blanche M was now 11 years old was still living with her parents and that one child had died young. John James who was only 25 years old was still single and also living with his parents in their 5 bedroom home at 33B Grenfell Road in Mitcham, Surrey.

The 1911 Census also reveals that the Thurlow family had a 29 year old Georgina Jarvis as a boarder residing with them. Georgina was employed as a waitress in a drapery ware house.

0n July 20th 1912, Georgina married John James at Christ Church in Mitcham. John James was still employed as a clerk. His father William had continued in his profession of being employed as a glass cutter.

John James enlisted in the army at Tooting in the 16th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment and was killed in action on September 18th 1918. He was buried at the Templeux-Le Guerard, Communal Cemetery Extension

His service record is not available through Ancestry. His death has been commemorated on the Mitcham War Memorial, St Mark’s Church and Aspley, Dickinson & Co War memorial, Hertfordshire.


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