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John Cullivan (Ch) 173759, Petty Officer.


John was born on 4th August 1875 in Salford, Manchester,  Lancashire to parents Hugh and Ellen (Riley), the second child of five listed on the 1881 census.  The family lived at 84 Queens Street in Hulme, Lancashire, John mentioned as a scholar and his father working as a plasterer’s labourer.

John joined the Navy for an initial twelve years service which then continued after 1907, until his death.  He was recorded as being 5’4” tall once fully grown, with dark brown hair, hazel eyes and a tattoo of his initials, J.C. with a cross on his left arm.  His year date of birth (1877) was two years later than he was actually born.

HMS IMPREGNABLE - 16/06/1893 - 03/09/1894, rated as Boy 2nd Class, rising to Boy 1st Class on 14/06/1894

HMS BOSCAWEN - 04/09/1894 - 12/11/1894

HMS PEMBROKE - 13/11/1894 - 22/01/1895

HMS ANSON - 23/01/1895 - 06/11/1896, rising to Ordinary Seaman on 04/08/1895

HMS PEMBROKE - 07/11/1896 - 13/01/1897

HMS EAST OF INDIA - 14/01/1897 - 07/06/1897, rising to Able Seaman on 12/05/1897

HMS JUPITER - 08/06/1897 - 29/08/1897

HMS WILDFIRE - 30/08/1897 - 16/02/1898

HMS PEMBROKE - 17/02/1898 - 18/03/1898

HMS ALECTO - 19/03/1898 - 25/04/1899

HMS PEMBROKE I - 26/04/1899 - 01/09/1899

HMS PEMBROKE III - 02/09/1899 - 14/01/1900

HMS PEMBROKE I - 15/01/1900 - 18/05/1900

HMS FURIOUS - 19/05/1900 - 25/01/1902, aboard the cruiser during the taking of the 1901 census, the ship anchored at number 4 buoy in Sheerness Harbour.

HMS PEMBROKE I - 26/01/1902 - 28/01/1902

HMS WILDFIRE - 29/01/1902 - 23/04/1902

HMS PEMBROKE - 24/04/1902 - 24/11/1902

HMS BACCHANTE - 25/11/1902 - 22/02/1905

HMS PEMBROKE - 23/02/1905 - 04/04/1905

HMS WILDFIRE - 05/04/1905 - 29/11/1905

HMS PEMBROKE - 30/11/1905 - 27/05/1906

HMS RESOLUTION - 28/05/1906 - 11/02/1907

HMS BULWARK - 12/02/1907 - 17/08/1908, rising to Leading Seaman on 05/06/1907

HMS DUNCAN - 18/08/1908 - 08/08/1910

HMS PEMBROKE I  - 09/08/1910 - 29/01/1911

HMS ENDYMION - 30/01/1911 - 13/03/1912, listed on the 1911 census aboard the cruiser, anchored in Sheerness Harbour on the night of Sunday 2nd April.

HMS PEMBROKE I - 14/03/1912 - 09/04/1912

HMS VANGUARD - 10/04/1912 - 09/07/1917, rated as Petty Officer on 26/02/1914 and serving aboard during the Battle of Jutland in 1916.  He also married Ethel May Davies in the Summer of 1915.

His pension was awarded to his widow Ethel along with his Star, Victory and British war medals.


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Sources:


England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915 Free BMD

1881, 1901 & 1911 England Census

England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837-1915 

Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services, 1848-1939 National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services; Class: ADM 188; Piece: 285

British Army and Navy Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960 National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Admiralty: Naval Casualties, Indexes, War Grave Rolls and Statistics Book, First World War.; Class: ADM 242; Piece: 007 (1914 - 1919)

CWGC Register

Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972 Class: ADM 171; Piece: 100

Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919 TNA Series: ADM 242/7; Scan Number: 0980

World War I Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923 Western Front Association; London, England; WWI Pension Record Cards and Ledgers; Reference: 055/0233/Cul-Com

Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972 Class: ADM 171; Piece: 100

Photo source: British Newspaper Archives


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