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


On 25th November 2021, Olivia Swinscoe @oliviagracephoto ran a photography workshop for Year 10 pupils from City Academy @corecity_acad. The group were each given a disposable camera with 27 shots, to capture themes of life and death such as 'movement and stillness', 'light and shadow' and 'public cemetery, private grief' while exploring Key Hill and Warstone Lane Cemeteries.
This video contains just a selection of the best photos taken by Year 10.

Explore the Gothic side of the Jewellery Quarter with Tour Guide Ian Braisby before warming up at the Shakespeare Inn & rounding off the afternoon with a candlelit tour of @coffin_works museum.
A unique experience on Sun 5th Dec from 2pm-6pm. Tickets £20:

Is it too early to talk about Christmas?
We hope not because we're getting really excited about 'Christmas Classics at the Catacombs' with @voiceofthetown choir on 2nd December at 4.30pm
Free event - Christmas songs, project thank yous & festive raffle!

Explore the Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries & discover the stories which link the area to the world, through the history of the British Empire.

Carrying on the work begun during the #2Visions2Legacies project, we have a new tour exploring Colonial Connections in the Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries. Join us for FREE on the 27th or 28th November:

This project is possible because of funding from: