Thomas MUTER
Rank: Private
Number: 32778
Unit: Depot CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 1922
Age: 45

Little is known for certain about Thomas Muter. The 1901 Census only records three people with this name. One was a Scottish veterinary surgeon who is unlikely to have been a private in the Cheshires. Another is a two year old child. The third is a 19 year old man, living in Walker, Northumberland and working as an apprentice steel ship plater.

The family history website, FreeBMD, notes that a Thomas Muter’s marriage was registered at Stockport between July and September 1908. This is possibly the Northumberland man who had moved to this area for work.

Private Muter enlisted into the army on 8 January 1916. The National Archives on-line “medal entitlement” database records that he was assigned to the Regiment’s Depot. His presence in the database is confirmation that he must have seen active service overseas at some point in the war. His subsequent assignment to the “Depot”, suggests that he had been injured or had fallen ill and had returned to the UK. He will have been home for some considerable time, otherwise his original fighting unit would still be shown.

He was discharged from the army, due to sickness, on 13 January 1917 and returned to Stockport. He died during the opening months of 1922.

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