John Buxton Halls Petty Officer (Ch) 184724


John was born on 15th January 1878 in Holborn, London to parents William and Elizabeth (Buxton), even though all of his Navy papers state that he was born in 1879.


He joined as a Boy 2nd Class on 24th July 1895, he was first recorded as 5’3” tall but grew eventually to 5’5” with blue eyes, brown hair and had a scar on his forehead. He joined for a 12 year service and his record follows:-


ST VINCENT - 24/07/1895 - 17/06/1896, risin to Boy 1st Class on 28/03/1896

BOSCAWEN - 18/06/1896 - 03/11/1896

EAST OF INDIA - 16/01/1897 - 07/06/1897

JUPITER - 08/06/1897 - 18/01/1898


PEMBROKE - 19/01/1898 - 09/05/1898

ILLUSTRIOUS - 10/05/1898 - 09/10/1901, rising to Able Seaman on 01/06/1899 he was aboard during the 1901 census, stationed in the Mediterranean at Malta.

CAMBRIDGE - 15/02/1902 - 19/11/1902

PEMBROKE - 20/11/1902 - 25/118/1902

WILDFIRE - 26/11/1902 - 18/02/1903

PEMBROKE - 19/02/1903 - 09/04/1903

TORCH - 10/04/1903 - 31/12/1905, rising to Leading Seaman on 05/05/1905

KATOOMBA - 01/01/1906 - 01/05/1906

WILDFIRE - 02/05/1906 - 03/10/1906

PEMBROKE - 04/10/1906 - 13/11/1906

WILDFIRE - 14/11/1906 - 27/04/1908

BLENHEIM - 28/04/1908 - 02/06/1909 - it was during his posting here that John had some shore leave and married Blanche Vivian Hyde in June 1908 in Croydon. They had one son called Leonard John.

PEMBROKE - 03/06/1909 - 02/11/1909, rising to Petty Officer 1st Class

PERSEUS - 03/11/1909 - 18/12/1911, rising to Petty Officer; he was aboard during the 1911 census, the ship stationed in the East Indies.

PELORUS - 19/12/1911 - 31/01/1912

PEMBROKE I - 01/02/1912 - 29/11/1912

LONDON - 30/11/1912 - 01/11/1913

PEMBROKE I - 02/11/1913 - 30/03/1914

VANGUARD - 31/03/1914 - 09/07/1917


#272 - 356/843


Sources:

England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915 FreeBMD

1901 & 1911 England Census

CWGC Register

National Archives Admiralty: Naval Casualties, Indexes, War Grave Rolls and Statistics Book, First World War.; Class: ADM 242; Piece: Piece 008; (1914 - 1919

National Archives Admiralty and predecessors: Office of the Director General of the Medical Department of the Navy and predecessors: Service Registers and Registers of Deaths and Injuries. Registers of Reports of Deaths

Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919 TNA Series: ADM 242/8; Scan Number: 0726

Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services, 1848-1939 National Archives Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services; Class: ADM 188; Piece: 310

WWI Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923 Western Front Association; London, England; Pension Record Cards; Reference: 090/0401/HAL-HAM

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