Tom SINGLETON
Rank: Private
Number: PLY/14690
Unit: HMS Defence ROYAL MARINE LIGHT INFANTRY
Date of Death: 31 May 1916
Age: 24
Cemetery: Plymouth Naval Memorial

In the early 1880s, Thomas Singleton and Ann Harrop married at St Mary’s Church, Cheadle. They lived at Greenfield Terrace, Adswood and Thomas earned his living as a foreman in one of the local hat making factories. The 1901 Census shows they had seven children – ranging from 14 year old Jane to Kenneth, just 7 months old. Tom was their third child (and second son) and was then aged 9. Nothing else is known of his early life.

It’s not known when Tom joined the Marines but his service number suggests he joined up after the War had started. It is possible that he had only just finished his training in May 1916. On the 13th, he married his fiancée, Mary Ravensdale, at Bethesda Chapel, Wellington Road. They must have had only a short time together before Tom had to travel north to the Firth of Forth to join his ship. When he did so, Mary returned to live at her family home at 51 Lloyd Street, Heaton Norris.

Within a fortnight, Tom had been killed at the Battle of Jutland.

No information has been discovered to suggest that Mary ever remarried.

   
           
   
     
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