Thomas, or Tom for short, was the third child of Arthur and Alice Mawby who, originally from Bristol, now found themselves living in Summerhill Street near to the Jewellery Quarter. Alice was a hardworking Victorian mother who strived so that her children would have the best possible start in life.

However, that was all set to change with the outbreak of the First World War. Both of her sons joined up – Arthur, the eldest son, joined the Royal Engineers. Thomas himself joined the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Although Thomas was only 14 years old at this time, it was common for young boys to lie about their age in order to serve, with many of the recruiting officers, who were paid for each person who joined up, happy to ignore what their eyes told them.

One can only imagine the pain and heartache felt by their mother as her two precious young sons were now off to war.

 By 1916 Thomas had joined the Worcestershire Regiment, and what unimaginable horrors he saw and endured at the Western Front at such a young age we will never know. What we do know sadly is that he died of an infection, possibly Spanish flu in Dover in 1919, he was only 19 years old.

The affect this would have had on his family would have been devastating. Thomas was a much-loved Son and brother. Arthur who survived the war named his son who was born in 1926 Thomas after his younger brother.

Private Thomas (Tom) Mawby is buried in an unmarked grave in Warstone Lane Cemetery (Section J, Vault 3), although his name is featured on the war memorial there.

Unburied Treasures Audio Tour – The Mawby Family (written and performed by Jasmine Belle)

Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries Project


We are loving the summer weather and all the opportunities it brings for outdoor events, including theatre and music.
On 28th August we're having an 'Acoustic Afternoon' in the catacombs at Warstone Lane Cemetery and are looking for musicians! Interested?

We have welcomed Oscar Wilde and @dontgointothecellar to the catacombs in Warstone Lane on this fine summer evening.
Want to join us for a unique theatre experience? Tickets now on sale for Strictly Sherlock on Saturday 21st August:
@jq_bid @jewelleryquarter

Just what we’ve been waiting for @madebycooper

Our Key Hill badges have arrived and they are spot on 🤩

You can get yours by donating to our @crowdfunderuk to support the @friendskeyhillwarstonelanecem in raising essential funds for restoring gravestones.

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#crowdfunder #jewelleryquarter #jewelleryquarterbirmingham #birminghamheritage

We love wildlife but it sure is hard to capture on camera! We can't wait for this workshop to get some tips from Lizee Oliver on 24th July at 10am.
No experience or DSLR needed, just your enthusiasm and your phone! Tickets £3.
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