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Enoch Barton (Dev) J 64152 Ordinary Seaman.

Updated: Feb 14, 2021

Enoch was born on January 21st 1888 in Padiham, Lancashire to parents William and Eleanor (nee Walker), one of four children.

He was baptised on 1st April 1888 in the parish of Habergham Eaves, All Saints; the family home nearby in Russell Terrace, Enoch having two older siblings at the time of his birth.

Possibly due to their growing family, the Bartons moved house and 3 years later in 1891 they were recorded living at 152 Burnley Road, Padiham, Enoch aged 3 and his older brother and sister at school. Within the 10 years that followed to the 1901 census the family had moved again, to a larger house at Padiham Road, Burnley following the birth of Enoch’s younger sister Eleanor around 1895 and his parents remained on the same street even after Enoch’s death.

Burnley Road, where Enoch was lived - image courtesy of Google street view

By the census of 1911 Enoch was 23, his occupation recorded as a builders quantities clerk, a position held before he became an architect, which was confirmed by a Freemason entry in 1914. He joined the Red Rose of Lancaster Lodge 1504 on March 5th, passing and raising later that same year. His death is recorded in their membership register (although the wrong year stated!).

The Red Rose of Lancaster Lodge Emblem

He joined the Navy for the duration of the war on 27th December 1916 - He was 5'7" tall, had brown hair and blue eyes; his occupation recorded as an architect although it was mentioned on the CWGC register as an Art teacher at the Technical School in Burnley. Enoch began his training at HMS VIVID I just after Christmas and was posted to his only ship, HMS Vanguard on 9th March 1917. He would have arrived at Scapa Flow amidst the reports of HMS Albacore having hit a mine the very same day, killing 18 crew members. Enoch died aged 29 just 3 months later in another explosion in Scapa.

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1891, 1901 & 1911 England Census -

Lancashire, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1911

British Army and Navy Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960 - National Archives Admiralty: Naval Casualties, First World War. ADM 242/ 007

Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919 TNA Series: ADM 242/7; Scan Number: 0230

CWGC Register

Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services, 1848-1939 - National Archives Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services; ADM 188/775

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