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Name: Thomas Prowse

Burial Number: 1376

Gender: Male

Occupation: Gardener; Able-Seaman; Coastguard Station Officer;

Born: 00/00/1856

Died: 15/02/1929

Buried: 19/02/1929


Thomas Francis Prowse was born in Teignmouth in 1856 and married Mary Ann Soby in Devon, in 1883.

In the 1871 census, Thomas was living in West Teignmouth, with his parents John Fulford (a Sawyer) and Susannah. He was the fourth son of the family, followed by 2 more boys and one girl, all born in Devon.

Thomas Francis joined the Navy in 1872, signing up for 10 years. His occupation was recorded as Gardener. He was 5ft 2in tall, with brown hair and blue eyes. His first ship was the Implacable, a training ship.

In the 1881 census he was recorded as an Able-Seaman, on board HMS Training Ship the Impregnable, at berth in Devonport.

He was discharged, from Cushendall, in 1890, then appears to have re-enlisted as a Coastguard, serving in Ireland, Weymouth, Camber, and Worthing.

Mary Ann was the daughter of William and Charity Soby, of Halwill by Holdsworthy, in Devon. She was the second of their 12 children. Father William was a Farmer of 150 acres. In 1881, now living in Mill Lane, Highweek, at home on the farm, at Highweek, Mary Ann was a Cook.

Mabel was their first child and she was born in Ballycastle. Thomas Cecil was born at Ellanbough, County Antrim, in 1894, their sixth child, and only son.

In 1901 Thomas Francis was Station Officer at Culdaff Bay, in Donegal.

In 1911 Thomas and Mary Ann were living at 110 Marine Parade, Worthing, with single daughters Beatrice, Ethel May and Selina.

Thomas Francis of Cornwallis, Wordsworth Road died leaving effects of £1489.19s.1d to William Edward Carter general post office overseer.

Mary Ann of Cornwallis, Wordsworth Road died leaving effects of £755.15s.6d to William Edward Carter post office overseer

Researcher: Liz Lane

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 4 Plot: 15

Exact Location (what3words): exist.lonely.trim

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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In loving memory of Thomas F Prowse who passed away 15th Feb 1929 aged 72. Also Mary Ann his wife who was re-united with him 4th April 1929 aged 75. "Resting"

Further Information


Name: Thomas Francis Prowse

Gender: Male

Born: 00/00/1856

Town: Teignmouth

County: Devon

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: //

Spouse First Name: Mary

Spouse Second Name: Ann

Spouse Last Name: Soby

Town of Marriage: Unknown

County of Marriage: Unknown

Country of Marriage: Unknown

Information at Death

Date of Death: 15/02/1929

Cause of death: Unknown

Town: Unknown

County: Unknown

Country: Unknown


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Living at Strand, East Teignmouth, Devon – John Prowse, 33yrs, Sawyer; Susan Prowse, 32yrs, Dressmaker; Robert Prowse, 9yrs; John Prowse, 7yrs; William Henry Prowse, 6yrs; Thomas Prowse, 4yrs; Alfred Prowse, 1yr;


Living at Valley Lane, West Teignmouth, Devon – John Prowse, 45yrs, Sawyer; Susannah Prowse, 42yrs; Robert Prowse, 19yrs, Gardener; John Prowse, 17yrs, Sawyer; William Prowse, 16yrs, Sailor HMRN; Thomas Prowse, 14yrs; Alfred Prowse, 11yrs; Susanna Prowse, 8yrs; Richard Prowse, 6yrs;


Living on HMS Impregnable – Thomas Prowse, 24yrs, Able Seaman;


Living at Chub Tor, Buckland Monachorum, Tavistock – Thomas Prowse, 45yrs, Navvy; Mary J Prowse, 43yrs; Thomas Prowse, 8yrs, nephew; Richard Mathews, 25yrs, Navvy, Boarder; James R Cole, 19yrs, Navvy, Boarder;


Living at 110 Marine Parade, Worthing – Thomas Francis Prowse, 54yrs, Chief Officer, Coastguard; Mary Ann Prowse, 57yrs; Beatrice Prowse, 25yrs, Housework; Ethel Mary Prowse, 21yrs, Dressmaker; Selina Amy Prowse, 14yrs, Milliner;


Corn Villas, 4 Wordsworth Road, Worthing, Sussex

First name(s) Last name Relationship to head Sex Birth year Age Birth place Occupation Employer
Thomas Francis Prowse
Male 1856 64 Teignmouth, Devon, England Chief Officer Coast Guard (Retired) Royal Navy
Mary Ann Prowse
Female 1854 67 Halwill, Devon, England Home Duties
Beatrice Prowse
Female 1885 35 Antrim, Ireland Home Duties
Ethel Mary Prowse
Female 1890 31 Antrim, Ireland Dressmaker Own Account

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