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Tom Mounter


Tom Mounter | Kingsbury Time Travellers | Photo of Local Soldier WW1 Naval medal Thorney Cottages

Rank, service number and regiment

Stoker 2nd Class, K/38646 Royal Navy, HMS Ariadne

Enlisted

The precise date when Tom enlisted is not yet known.

Home address

Thorney Cottages. Information supplied by Reverend Tom Stuckey, his grandson.

Date of death

26 July 1917

Age of death

27 years

Circumstances of death

HMS Ariadne was engaged in mine-laying operations off Beachy Head on the south coast on 26 July 1917. The ship was torpedoed and sunk by a German U Boat. There was an explosion on board as the ship was sinking and this killed 38 of the crew and 12 were wounded. Tom Mounter was killed and was brought home to K.E. for burial.

Where buried

K.E. burial ground (Official War Grave).

Date of birth & full name

25 March 1890 K.E. TOM MOUNTER

Occupation

Labourer/Withy Grower

Parents

Robert Mounter and Ellen Mounter (nee Glover), married 1886. Robert was a labourer in withy growing, living in Newtown, K.E.

Spouse & children

Ellen Talbot of KE, married 1911. Ellen was a glove machinist. Ellen did not marry again after Tom’s death. She died 16 January 1936.
Children:
Frederick R Mounter – born 28 November 1912, married Kathleen Budge, died 1981 Taunton.
Martha Ellen Mounter – born 5 May 1914, married Howard G Stuckey in 1934.
Horatio Herbert Mounter – born 5 September 1916, married Iris Savidge in 1940.

Awards

British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Other information

Tom’s Royal Navy record has the following information:
Height 5’ 6 ¼’’, hair – brown, eyes – blue, complexion – fresh. His character and abilities were recorded as “Very Good”. He had been assigned to HMS Ariadne on 31 March 1917.

In the 1911 census Tom was living with his parents at Newtown, K.E. The photos below show, left, Tom’s parents, Robert and Ellen Mounter and right, Tom and his wife Ellen. Rev.Tom Stuckey, a grandson, records that Tom Mounter and Ellen lived at Thorney Cottages – he says that “they used to flood regularly and were not “posh” like they are today.”

Mounter Family | Kingsbury Time Travellers | Photo of Local Soldier WW1