Private William Henry Mutters
|Service||Royal Marines||Service No.||16964 (Ply)|
|Regiment:||Royal Marine Light Infantry|
|Ship:||HMS QUEEN MARY|
|Date of Birth:||01/03/1869Born Dawlish||Date of Death:||31/05/1916|
|Memorial:||Dawlish||Memorial Inscription||MUTTERS W.H. PTE R.M.L.I.|
William enlisted first with the Royal Marines in London on 1 April 1889 at age 20. His previous occupation is shown as “Boot repairer”.
William enlisted once again, aged 45, on 31st August 1914 to join HMS QUEEN MARY (26,770 tons), the last battlecruiser built before WW1 and the sole member of her class. She was competed in 1913 and was part of the Grand Fleet based at Rosyth in the Firth of Forth.
The role of Royal Marines in action aboard ship is to man the gun turrets and ammunition hoists.
HMS QUEEN MARY - Loss at Jutland:
At 4:26 PM, a shell from DERFFLINGER struck QUEEN MARY detonating one or both of its forward magazines. The resulting explosion broke the battlecruiser in half near its foremast. A second shell may have hit further aft. As the after part of the ship began to roll, it was rocked by a large explosion before sinking.
Of QUEEN MARY's crew, 1,266 were lost while only twenty were rescued.
Association with Dawlish
James Mutters (1820-1901) born in Exeter, married Mary Ann Voysey (1824-1893) born in Dawlish, in 1848. In 1851 they lived in Park Row, Dawlish with their nine children including William Henry (1869-1916). All children were born in Dawlish.
By 1881 James Mutters was a general labourer and Mary Ann was a charwoman. Living at home with them at 6 Park Row were John V, George V, William F, all general labourers, Charlotte, an errand girl and William, still at school. Eight years later William enlisted with the Royal Marines.
|Devon Roll of Honour||Mutters William H Pte R.M.L.I.|
Commonwealth War Graves Site
|Next of Kin:||Olive Mutters, neice, daughter of Thomas William & Sarah Mutters, Westmead, The Bartons, Dawlish (UK RN & RM War Graves Roll)|
|Last Known Address:||6 Park Row|
|William Henry Mutters - life story|
|Battle of Jutland - Dawlish Gazette|
|William Henry Mutters - Dawlish Gazette Notices|
Imperial War Museum podcast http://www.iwm.org.uk/history/podcasts/voices-of-the-first-world-war/podcast-22-jutland
Records via subscription websites:
Naval/Royal Marine service record
Forces War Records
14 family trees on Ancestry (many with errors-ed)
JUTLAND 1916 by Steel & Hart