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Unknown person Name : Gull family

Thomas Foster Gull and Edith Gull (née Wakeford), of 111A High Street, Ventnor.

Thomas Foster (or Forster) Gull was born in 1875 in Colchester, Essex. (Registered Jun 1875 qtr, Tendring).

Edith Wakeford was born in Sussex about 1874.

They married in 1902 in Chelsea, London. (Registered Dec 1902 qtr, Chelsea).
  Census information :

1911 : Thomas and Edith Gull, with their family including John aged 6 and Tom aged 4, are at East Lavant, Chichester. Thomas Gull is a Coachman (Domestic).
  Electoral roll information :

1922 - 25 : The Gull family are listed at Gardeners Cottages, The Maples, Ventnor.

1929 - 33 : The Gull family are listed at 2 Maples Cottages, Trinity Road, Ventnor.

1938 : The Gull family are listed at 111A High Street, Ventnor.
  Casualty Details :

Died : 16 January 1943 aged 67 and 72 respectively, at 111A High Street, Ventnor, as a result of enemy action in an air raid at Ventnor. Thomas Gull was a member of the A.R.P. organisation.

Buried in : Ventnor Cemetery, Section Q plot 58.

CWGC Record (Thomas Gull)

CWGC Record (Edith Gull)

  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Ventnor War Memorial
  Documents and Newspaper cuttings :


Friday, May 2, 1941 Page 2

Ventnor Man's Death In France
Mr. and Mrs. T. Gull, of 111a High Street, Ventnor, have received the sad news of the death at Monte Carlo of their younger son, Mr. John Gull, who for several years had been in private service to a lady as chauffeur-secretary. Owing to war conditions the parents had received no letters from him recently and had no knowledge of his illness. The deceased, who was 35 years of age, had been married about four years and leaves a widow and one little girl. He left Ventnor 16 years ago, and his last visit to the town was about two years before his marriage. It is pathetic coincidence that deceased's brother, Tom, died during the last war. Mr. Gull, sen., was formerly chauffeur at The Maples.


Friday, January 29, 1943 Page 2

MR. AND MRS. R. BATCHELOR, of Portsmouth, wish to thank all kind friends, First Aid and Rescue Parties for beautiful floral tributes and messages of sympathy received in their sad bereavement. Please accept this as the only intimation.

Page 3

Air Raid Victims Buried

The funerals of four victims of the recent raid on the Island took place on Friday afternoon.
The first was that of Mr. and Mrs. T. Gull. The Rector of a neighbouring parish officiated and gave a sympathetic address on the useful life which the deceased couple had spent, much of it in the parish. Mrs. Gull was always kind and helpful to the sick, while her husband had fulfilled his duties as only one would expect.
The only personal mourner was Mr. Reuben Batchelor, of Copnor, Portsmouth (son-in-law). The coffin was borne to the graveside by members of the First Aid and Rescue Parties, the bearers being Messrs. E. Phillips, L. Creese, A. Lale and A.G. Goff, and Messrs. C. Drudge, J. Milligan, H. Cooper and E. Morgan.
Others present included representatives of the local District Council, British Legion, Ancient Order of Foresters, British Red Cross Society, the local A.R.P. officer and members of the staff, together with a number of private residents.
The breast-plates revealed that Mr. Gull was 67 years of age and his wife 72.
There were a number of beautiful floral tributes.
Following this service the funerals took place of Mrs. and Miss Norman and were conducted by the Vicar of the parish. The mourners were Messrs. Harry Grant and Roger Grant (brothers), and Mr. C.W. Grant (nephew). Public representatives were again present, and several W.V.S. workers and the demolition party followed the coffins. Except that Mr. H.F. Grant carried a small posy, there were no flowers.
In both instances the bodies were interred in the same grave.
Mrs. Norman was aged 80 and her daughter was 52.

A further report on the Ventnor air raid of 16/7 January 1943 can be found at the Civilian War Deaths - Ventnor page

Biographies of Mrs and Miss Norman
  Further information :

The death of Tom Gull 'during the last war' was not a war-related death.
  Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for Newspaper research
  Page status :
Page last updated : 14 October 2014 (added funeral report)


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