Wetherby War Memorial - The Great War 1914 - 1918

Private Thomas George Scutt

Gunter, R B N
Durrant, C M
Weston, C G
Kelly, K G
Armitage, G J
Durrant, H M L
Hargreaves, J P
March, G
Dukes, W
Fowler, R
Westerman, H
Kirk, J C
Wiggins, T A
Telford, G
Harper, J W
Alexander, H W
Mason, T F
Wilkinson, W
Brown, C
Adkin, J
Barton, F
Hobman, A
Webster, A E
March, E A
Miller, G
Hannan, E
Utley, G
Walker, F
Bygrave, E W
Chapman, E
Varley, N W
Bowen, F J
Byrom, F
Backhouse, S
Dalby, M
Crossland, A
Crossley, J S
Dean, R
Frost, A E
Hodgson, F H
Holt, J
Hood, W H
Hill, W
Kitchen, T
Linfoot, E
Metcalfe, J C
Marsden, J
Pawson, W
Precious, G
Scutt, T G
Wiggins, J
Walker, E
Wood, A
Young, T
Pratt, W
Taylor, H
Dawson, G W
Lister, J
Binge, T
Atack, G
Durham, E F
Precious, G R
Wheelhouse Smith, W
Backhouse, H
Swann, J W
Burnsides, G A
Coles, W
Kelly, H W
Miles, J G
Tapsell, K

1st Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment
Died 21st March 1918

Cemetery : Vaux Hill Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
Grave Reference or Panel Number : III.D.5

Son of Jonathan and Annie Scutt; husband of Mary Annie Scutt (nee Apew).
Thomas was born in 1886 at Swinefleet, near Goole to parents Jonathan, a farmer, and Annie Scutt.
It would appear that on the death of his Grandfather, William Scutt in 1888, Jonathan, being the only child, inherited a large farm of 145 acres located at Reedness Grange near Swinefleet. This was possibly the location of the family residence.
At some period after the birth of a second daughter, Annie Scutt in 1889, the family relocated to Sessay, near Thirsk. The 1891 Census records that the family were now residing at the Downe Arms with Jonathan's occupation being recorded as a farmer. An examination of the 1901 Census provides further details of the Scutt family now with the addition of two more daughters. Jonathan is recorded as a Farmer/Publican at the Downe Arms with Thomas, now aged 15 years, being in the employ of his father and simply recorded as a 'Farmer's Son.'

By 1911 Jonathan had given up the tenure of the Downe Arms to one Frederick Kay and had taken up residence at 2, East View, Long Street, Thirsk. His occupation now being described as 'Horseman on Farm.' The Census records that the family now consists of Jonathan and Annie, plus two daughters, Lena and Nelly (Nellie) respectively however there is no record of Thomas residing at this address.
An extensive search of the 1911 Census has provided no record at this period of the location or residence of the latter. It is possible however that when the Enumerator called, Thomas just may have been absent from his place of residence and hence not recorded.

The first records of Thomas's link to Wetherby appear in 1914 but is impossible to determine at present when he actually took up residence in the town. Finding employment as a Groom with George Gunter, a succesful horse trainer and Gentleman Farmer, it is possible that Thomas found lodgings, of which there were many, in the town.
Romance with a local girl  commenced when Thomas met one Mary Annie Apew, the daughter of the late John and Annie Apew of Swinnow Hill, Wetherby. On the 21st September 1914 at St. James Parish Church the happy couple married.