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Name: Thomas Beuttler

Burial Number: 1103

Gender: Male

Occupation: Headmaster; Private tutor; School Superintendent

Born: 29/04/1853

Died: 11/11/1922

Buried: 15/01/1922


Thomas was born in Cochin, the elder son of John George and Frances Elizabeth (nee Breame). His father was a curate. Thomas was sent to England for his education and studied at Rugby. In 1871 the family were back together and living in Rugby where Thomas’s father was a curate at St Matthew’s Church. Thomas studied at Queen’s College, Cambridge obtaining a BA in 1876. In 1879 he married Maud Brereton in Bedford. Maud was the daughter of Rev. Charles Brereton the curate of St Mary’s, Bedford. Thomas was by now the headmaster of the Grammar School in Chudleigh, Devon. In 1881, leaving Maud with her parents, Thomas sailed to Australia to take up the post of headmaster of Perth High School. Maud joined her husband at the end of the year taking her son Edward and daughter Dulcibella with her. Sadly Dulcibella died in Perth the following year aged 9 months. They went on to have five children, in Australia and Bedford.

Thomas was Head of Hale School, Perth, Western Australia from 1881 to 1888. At 28, and described as a first rate footballer, Beuttler not only fostered the playing of rugby at the school, but took part himself. “Hale School, founded by Bishop Hale in 1858, produced six Premiers, an Acting Prime Minister, numerous recipients of the Orders of Australia, 13 Rhodes Scholars and influential pioneers of the State’s pastoralist, forestry and iron ore industries.”

The family returned to England in 1887 with two more daughters. The couple had a son Charles in 1889.  In 1891 they lived in Margate where they ran a young gentlemen’s school, Loudwater Boarding School. Son Gerald and daughter Sybil, both born in Perth, were also Scholars at the school.

By 1901,Thomas was superintendent at Feltham Industrial School, Middlesex. Maud and daughters Sybil and Stella were at the School with him. The school, for young offenders, was founded in 1853 and had accommodation for up to 800 boys, aged 7 to 13. There were also 2 swimming baths.

In 1911, Thomas, Maud and daughter Sybil were living in Brererton, Highdown Avenue, Worthing. Thomas had now retired. About 1916 they moved to 42 St Michael’s Road, Worthing.

Their son Charles was in the Royal Field Artillery in 1916, stationed in Bethune in France. On 23 Dec the town was shelled by the Germans and Charles was badly wounded. He died of his wounds on Christmas Eve and was buried in the town’s cemetery. Thomas died at Groombridge Nursing Home in Chaucer Road in 1922. Maud died at 42 St Michael’s Road ten years later in 1932.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Thomas Beuttler

Location in Cemetery

Area: NWS Row: 8 Plot: 20

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In loving memory of Thomas Breame Beuttler who died on Armistice Day 1922. Also of his youngest son Charles Brereton Oakley Beuttler 2nd Lieut. P.F.A. killed by shell in France on Xmas eve 1916 Laid to rest in Bethune Cemetery and Maud widow of Thomas Breame Beuttler died 5th March 1932

Further Information


Name: Thomas Breame Beuttler

Gender: Male

Born: 29/04/1853

Town: Cochin

County: Kerala

Country: India


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 14/01/1879

Spouse First Name: Maud

Spouse Last Name: Brereton

Town of Marriage: Bedford

County of Marriage: Bedfordshire

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 11/11/1922

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Groombridge Nursing Home

Address line 3: Chaucer Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £1529 15 s 11 d

Current value of effects: £44451.00

Census Information


Hillmorton Road, Rugby

John aged 46, curate of St Matthew’s. Frances aged 52. Thomas aged 17. James aged 16. Charles Macdonald aged 15, visitor. Plus 2 servants


Young Gentlemen’s School, Loudwater, Sussex Gardens, Margate

Thomas aged 27, private tutor. Maud aged 40. Gerald O aged 11 (Edward). Sybil B aged 8. Charles B aged 1. Plus 1 tutor and 9 pupils. Plus 4 servants.


Industrial School, Feltham, Middlesex

Thomas aged 47, superintendent. Maud aged 50. Sybil aged 18. Stella aged 16. Plus 2 servants


“Brereton” Highdown Avenue, Worthing

Thomas aged 57, pensioned, late superintendent Feltham Industrial School. Maud aged 60. Sybil aged 28. Plus 1 servant

Miscellaneous Information

Cherry and Gilpin Drapers, Bedford, provided wedding attire

The Bedford Record – 18th January 1879

Fashionable Marriage – On Tuesday last a marriage was celebrated at St Mary’s Church, between Thomas Breame Beuttler, formerly of Bedford, and Miss Maud Brereton. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a princess dress of rich ivory satin trimmed with real point Raqusu lace, wreath of orange blossom, jasmine, and myrtle, and tulle veil. The bridesmaids, four in number, were Miss Brereton, Miss Ethel Brereton, Miss Lohrer, and Miss Andrews. They wore costumes of Ecru Cashmire de cosse trimmed with bows of pale pink ruby and ecru, straw hats with ecru satin, lace, and shaded chrysanthemums. the visitors were Mrs Beuttler, who wore black brocaded silk with white damasne, white China silk flehu, satin bonnet with white feathers; Mrs Lohrer, black silk dress trimmed with old point lace, black lace bonnet with white feathers; Mrs Brereton black velvet dress, black lace shawl, white bonnet with white feathers and black lace; Mrs Fagan, amethyst velvet dress “en princesse” bonnet to match with feathers and creme chrysanthemums; Mrs E Green, ruby velvet dress, creme satin hat with feathers and shaded flowers to match the dress; Mrs Bolland, brown silk dress trimmed with velvet, hat to match, and Indian muslin fichu. The bridegroom was attended by his best man, Mr James Beuttler; Mr C.H. Brereton; Mr W.H. Brereton; Mr E Green; and Mr Stafford. Officiating clergy – Rev. W.E. Bolland, and Rev. Septimum B Phillpotta. The wedding presents were numerous and costly. the bridal trousseau and bridesmaids and visitors costumes werw supplied by Messrs. Cherry and Gilpin.

Perth News – 1887

Perth High School – Yesterday morning, Sir Malcolm Fraser, the Chairman of the Board of Governors, distributed the usual form prizes to the successful scholars of the High School. The occasion was of considerable interest to the boys, as it had been chosen by the Head Master, Mr TB Beuttler, to announce his resignation of the post has has so long and ably filled, and to bid farewell to the boys amongst whom he is deservedly popular. The presentation took place in the school, the following boys being the prize winners: Vl. Form, Hussey; V. Form, Lacey; lV. Form, Barker; lll.Form, Campbell; ll. Form, Davey; l. Form, Loton. Prime for examination map and general good work, Hall.
Sir Malcolm Fraser said it afforded him great pleasure to give the prizes to those meritorious boys who had gained them. He wished he had prizes to give to all, but, of course, it was those who showed the most merit who got them. He was sorry it was the last time he should have the privilege of distributing them at the request of their Head Master. Mr Beuttler had been among them for six years, and the school had attained its present standard mainly through his exertions. As they were aware, the new master was on his way to the colony, and he expected he would arrive by the commencement of next month. He wished them a Happy Christmas, a merry new year, and a safe return to school after their holidays. (Cheers)
Mr Haynes, the second master, said that both the present boys and some of the past had joined in procuring a token of the respect and esteem they felt for Mr Beuttler as their Head-Master. He called upon Hussey who was now the head of the school to address Mr Beuttler on behalf of the boys;
Three hearty cheers having been given for Mr Beuttler, at the request of Sir Malcolm Fraser, Hussey stepped forward, and made a very neat speech, expressive of the boys’ hearty liking for their Head-Master, their regret at his leaving them, and their good wishes for his future. He concluded his address by wishing both Mr and Mrs Beuttler a merry Christmas and a happy new year.
Mr Beuttler siad he could only say he was very much obliged to them. Had he been aware that they were going to do such a thing hew would have stopped them. At the same time he thanked them most sincerely. (Cheers). They had said they owed a deal to him. All he could say, was, that he had tried to do … just and best for them all. (Cheers) and that he could not have done what he had, if it had not been for the cooperation of the governing body and the masters, and above all of Mr Haynes. Few of them knew how hard Mr Haynes worked, and how true and loyal he had been to the school. (Cheers) And now he wanted to say something about the new head master. He hoped that when he came to the School, he would be able to say that this was not only a High School, but ….motives and conduct were in  …. that name. They must remember that a school like theirs was banded to . … a republic, and, as far as they are concerned, the School depended on their  …. to their Head Master. They had been very loyal to him, and he hoped they would be the same to their new master. They could imagine what a country would be if there was a want of loyalty to their chief. They would remember when the new master came, that they must let him find them a united School, and both in their games, their work, and their conduct a credit to their School, and to their colony. He would ask them to forgive him for any hard words they had heard from him. (Cheers) They had not had much of the cane while he was there -(Cheers) – indeed, it had been said of him that his bark was a good deal worse than his bite. (Cheers) They had always been very good friends -(cheers)- and he trusted they would always look back upon him with kindly remembrance. (prolonged cheers)
Cheers were then given for Mr Haynes, Mr Hankin, and Sir Malcolm Fraser, and, the Chairman having briefly responded, the proceedings terminated.
Mr Beuttler then went round and shook hands with each of the boys, and bade them farewell, after which the School broke up for the Christmas vacation.
The testimonial presented by the boys to Mr Beuttler consisted of a large and handsome clock and a pair of bronze vases.


Charles Brereton Oakley Beuttler
B. 1889
D. 24/12/1916
1889 Charles Brereton Oakley Beuttler was born in Bedford to Thomas Breame 35yrs and Maud 38yrs. Baptised at St Mary’s Bedford on 30 Jun.
1891 Census Living at Loudwater, Sussex Gardens, Margate – Young Gentlemans School: Thomas Breame 37yrs, Maud 40yrs, Gerald Oakley 11yrs, Sybil Brereton 8yrs Charles 1yr plus tutors and boarders
1901 Census Charles Beuttler 11yrs boarding pupil at 29 & 31 Eaton Place Brighton – a boarding school run by William Aldon and his wife Elizabeth.
1914 Serving with 94th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.

1915 Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on 1 Dec.

1916 Sent to France on 16 Mar.

1916 Stationed in Bethune. The town was heavily bombed by the Germans on 23 Dec causing many casualties. Charles died of his wounds on 24 Dec (see French Death Certificate).

24/12/1916 Killed in Action France aged 27yrs a 2nd Lieutenant Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery 21st Division of 94th Brigade “A” Battery Buried in Bethune Town Cemetery. Commemorated on West Tarring Parish Church War memorial
Charles left effects of £74.0s.7d to his mother Maud Beuttler widow, living at Roydene, St Michaels Road, Worthing