Thumwood, Arthur William

Age: 31
Date of birth: 21st September 1918

Parents: Albert Douglas and Rose Phoebe (nee Pettipher) Thumwood
Wife: Possibly Dorothy E Shorter
Address: 12 Castle Street

Occupation: Not known

Arthur was born in Warwick on 21st September 1918.
His father Albert Douglas Percival (1891-1940) was born in Bengal, India. He married Rose Phoebe Pettipher (1891-1918) in Warwick in 1913 and they had three children. The eldest was Alice (1913-1997) and a brother Albert who was born in 1915 died aged 3 in the year that Arthur was born. Their mother Rose also died in 1918, three days before Albert and when Arthur was only two months old.

Albert re-married in 1920 to Ada Elizabeth Saunderson with whom he had four sons Harry (1920-2009), Alfred (1921-2011), Joseph (1923-2011) and Edward (1926-1998). In 1939 the family were living at 12 Castle Street and Albert was a general labourer. Alice was working as a lab assistant. Two names are redacted which could have been Harry and Arthur.

There is a marriage record for Arthur W Thumwood and Dorothy E Shorter married in Kent in 1941 which we think relates to Arthur as there are no other men of the exact same name who appear in our Ancestry search.

Arthur’s father died two years before him aged 48 and Ada his stepmother died in 1993 aged 100.

Military Service

Rank & Number: Corporal, PLY/X 1894
Regiment/Service: Royal Marines
Brigade/Division: MNB DO1 (a Mobile Navy Base)
Date of death: 24th April 1942
Cause of death/Battle: Died in Burma
Commemorated/Buried: Commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial - panel 102 column 3
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Arthur is commemorated on the Plymouth Memorial:


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