Thomas Tulett was born in Chatham on 31 August 1882. In the 1901 Census, Thomas was registered as living in Rochester with his father, also Thomas, a longshore labourer, his mother, Florence, and 8 younger siblings. 18 year old Thomas was already registered as working as a class stoker for the Royal Navy. His first day of service was 18 March 1901 when he joined the HMS Pembroke II, which was the newly-built shore establishment in Chatham.
He married Nellie Tillmon in 1910.
In the 1911 census Thomas was registered as living in 19 Cliffe Road, Strood with his wife and in laws, Mr and Mrs Tillmon. They also housed their 4 other children.
He was then promoted to Acting leading Stoker. His regiment number was 296909. His last day of service was 22 September 2014 when he sadly was lost in the North Sea when the HMS Cressy was sunk by a German Submarine.
Unfortunately Thomas’s body was never recovered for burial. However, he has been registered on the Chatham Naval memorial register. His Widow, Nellie lived at 23 Mayfair, Frindsbury, Strood, Kent at the time of death.
Thomas is also on the De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour. His page on Every Man Remembered can be found here.
1901 Census: Class: RG13; Piece: 723; Folio: 45; Page: 28
Ancestry.com. 1901 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
1911 Census: Class: RG14; Piece: 3869; Schedule Number: 22
Ancestry.com. 1911 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Royal Navy Registers of Seamen’s Services; Class: ADM 188; Piece: 480
Ancestry.com. UK, Royal Navy Registers of Seamen’s Services, 1853-1928 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
TNA Series: ADM 242/10; Scan Number: 0786
Ancestry.com. UK, Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
Original data: War Graves Roll. The Naval and Military Press Ltd.
Ancestry.com. UK, De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour, 1914-1919 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
Original data: De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour 1914-24. CD-ROM. United Kingdom: Navy & Military Press Ltd.
The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Admiralty and predecessors: Office of the Director General of the Medical Department of the Navy and predecessors: Service Registers and Registers of Deaths and Injuries. REGISTERS OF KILLED AND WOUNDED.; Class: ADM 104; Piece: Piece 145; Piece Description: Piece 145 (1914 Aug – 1915 July)