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Joseph Thomas Gully

Rank: Gunner

Lifetime: 1893-1914

Reference: 74526


Gunner Joseph Thomas Gully

Gunner Joseph Thomas Gully (74526) of the 9th Battery of the Royal Horse & Field Artillery was killed in action at Villiers Cotterette, France on 1 September 1914. He has no known grave but is commemorated on the La Ferté-sous-Jouarre Memorial. He is not listed on the Hampton Wick War Memorial but his Commonwealth War Grave Commission (CWGC) entry refers to him as the son of Mrs Gully of Bell Cottage, 51 Wick Road, then within the postal district of Hampton Wick.

His birth was registered as Thomas Joseph Gully in the last quarter of 1893 and so he first appears in the 1901 Census entry for 15 Fairfax Cottages, Wick Road. Although his CWGC entry refers to him as Joseph T Gully, the 1901 Census entry refers to him by his second name, Thomas. He is living with his parents, Thomas, a carpenter, and Annie, together with his siblings: James (12); Elsie May (10); Mary (6); Lionel (3) and Kathleen (1).

At the time of the 1911 Census he was still living, aged 17, with his widowed mother, Annie (now 45) at 51 Wick Road, Hampton Wick. He had inherited his father’s trade and was working as a carpenter. Two older siblings, James (now 22), a grocer’s assistant, and Elsie (now 20), and two younger siblings, Kathleen (now 11) and Jack Wilson (a baby aged less than a month), also still resided in the family home.

According to his entry on the Online WW1 War Memorial for Teddington, his parents’ full names were Thomas Moffat Gully and Anne Gully (nee Dinan) and he had been employed as a carpenter with Messrs. Merredew of London Road, Kingston upon Thames before he enlisted. He originally served as a Private with the Royal Army Medical Corps, attached to the 41st Brigade of the British Expeditionary Force but had been transferred as a Gunner to the Royal Field Artillery.

He is listed on both the Teddington War Memorial and the war memorial in St Mark’s, Teddington. He also has an entry on the Online WW1 War Memorial for Teddington.

The first phase of this Project is to gather information about the men commemorated on the Hampton Wick War Memorial who fought in the Great War, also known as World War I, WWI or the First World War.

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