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Name: Matthew Newton TUNSTALL
Casualty No.: Ranks: Able Seaman Initials: M N Service No.:
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Age at Death: 26
Unit: HMS Martin, Royal Navy.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 52 Dale View Gardens, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment: Driver at Emma Colliery.
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Tuesday 10th November 1942
Place of Death:
Battle/Campaign:
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Emma Colliery Memorial, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. St John's Church, Roll of Honour, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: No known grave.
Decoration and Medals: 1939-45 Star. Atlantic Star. War Medal.
Photographs: 0
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, 4th December 1942. Newcastle Journal, 7th December 1942.
Family Details:
Son of the late Matthew Tunstall, (formerly of Crookhill, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham) and of Catherine Iceton, (formerly Tunstall) of 26 Chesters Gardens, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Notes : Matthew began working at Emma Colliery on 3rd August 1935, no doubt having just left his education at school. He had attended the St. Agnes Roman Catholic school and church of. Crawcrook. He was a keen sportsman and represented the school at football and was a member of St. Agnes Church Boys Club. He left his job at Emma Colliery on 16th October 1937, to join the Royal Navy. It was recorded that Matthew was a submarine detector and an engineer of some considerable promise. He had served on board three ships that had been sunk by enemy action.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register.
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