Thomas J.T. Jobling died 20 or 21 September 1918 in East Dock, Cardiff whilst on active service.  He was 29 years old [1] and is commemorated on West Auckland War Memorial and the Roll of Honour, West Auckland Memorial Hall.

Family Details:

Thomas Joseph Thubron Jobling was born 1889 [2] at Evenwood the son of James and Sarah Mary Jobling.  There were 7 children:[3]

  • Minnie bc.1875 at West Auckland
  • Blanche bc.1880 at West Auckland
  • Celia bc.1883 at West Auckland
  • Margaret bc.1884 at West Auckland
  • Olive Lucy bc.1888 at West Auckland
  • Thomas J.T. born 1889 at Evenwood
  • Elizabeth bc.1901 at Evenwood

In 1891, the family lived at Charlotte Terrace where James worked as a “colliery engine master fitter”. [4] James Jobling died, possibly in 1900.[5]  In 1901, the family lived at Front Street, West Auckland where Sarah was a widow and 21 year old Blanche worked as a draper’s assistant.[6] In 1911, the family lived at 101 Front Street, West Auckland where Thomas, Celia and Elizabeth lived with their mother.  21 year old Thomas was employed as an “engineer, fitter & turner.” [7]  By the time of his death, September 1918, Thomas is recorded as a “marine engineer”.  Aged 29, he was found drowned in East Dock, Cardiff and the Coroner recorded an “open verdict”.[8]

Service Details

Thomas Jobling may have been employed in a reserved occupation on war duty when he met his death.  He may have been a merchant seaman.


To date, I have not found his burial place.


[1] England & Wales National Probate Calendar (Wills & Administrations) 1858-1966 Vol.11a p.247

[2] England & Wales 1837-1915 Birth Index Vol.10a p.220 Auckland 1889 Q4

[3] 1891, 1901 & 1911 census

[4] 1891 census

[5] England & Wales Death Index 1837-1915 Vol.10a p.171 Auckland 1900 Q1

[6] 1901 census

[7] 1911 census

[8] Death Certificate dated 26 September 1918