John Healey Able Seaman (Ch) 182528


John was born on 4th March 1878 in Walton on Thames, Surrey to parents William and Emily (Cutler) and baptised on 12th May of the same year.

Aged three on the 1881 census he lived with his 5 siblings, parents and 4 other members of his extended family (Aunt’s family) along with his grandparents in their home on the High Street at Walton on Thames. 10 years later John, aged 13 still lived with his widowed mother, grandparents and siblings at Cottimore Lane, Walton. He had left school and worked as a part time errand boy at a fishmongers.


He had a long and dedicated service record with the Navy which began at HMS IMPREGNABLEas a Boy 2nd Class on 23rd January 1895 for 5 days duration, giving him the opportunity to do something with his life, with better pay - it seemed more enticing than the errand boy job he left. He was recorded as 5’5” tall with black hair and hazel eyes. All of his Navy records give his year of birth as 1879, but civil records prove otherwise.


HMS GANGES - 29/01/1895 - 23/01/1896, rising to Boy 1st Class on 31/10/1895

HMS BOSCAWEN - 24/01/1895 - 02/06/1896

HMS MERSEY - 03/06/1896 - 29/11/1896

HMS THESEUS - 30/11/1896 - 10/05/1897, rising to Ordinary Seaman on his 18th Birthday, 4th March 1897. It was from this date that his 12 years “official” service would begin.

HMS CRUISER - 11/05/1897 - 25/05/1897

HMS THESEUS - 26/05/1897 - 19/07/1897

HMS PEMBROKE I - 20/07/1897 - 12/08/1897

HMS GALATEA- 13/08/1897 - 24/05/1898

HMS CHAMPION - 25/05/1898 - 24/10/1898

HMS PEMBROKE I - 25/10/1898 - 16/01/1899

HMS PEGASUS - 17/01/1899 - 17/08/1900

HMS SAPPHO - 18/08/1900 - 18/09/1901, it was for his service aboard the SAPPHO that he earnt the Queen’s South Africa Medal, number 6335. He was also aboard during the 1901 census where it was anchored at Delagoa Bay, in the Cape of Good Hope.


HMS PEMBROKE - 19/09/1901 - 25/10/1901, rising to Able Seaman on 15/11/1900

HMS EXCELLENT - 26/10/1901 - 01/04/1902

HMS VERNON - 02/04/1902 - 30/06/1902

HMS PEMBROKE - 01/07/1902 - 21/09/1902

HMS ANSON - 22/09/1902 - 30/06/1903

HMS SAPPHO - 01/07/1903 - 30/04/1905

HMS SPEEDWELL - 01/05/1905 - 17/11/1905

HMS JASON - 18/11/1905 - 12/02/1906

HMS PEMBROKE - 13/02/1906 - 23/02/1906

HMS ACTAEON - 24/02/1906 - 18/05/1906

HMS PEMBROKE I & II - 19/05/1906 - 31/05/1907

HMS ACTAEON - 01/06/1907 - 04/05/1908

HMS CORMORANT - 05/05/1908 - 24/05/1910

HMS CRESCENT - 25/05/1910 - 09/06/1910

HMS PEMBROKE - 10/06/1910 - 09/09/1910

HMS VERNON - 10/09/1910 - 24/03/1911

HMS PEMBROKE I - 25/03/1911 - 24/04/1911, recorded at the Chatham Barracks during the 1911 census

HMS AFRICA - 25/04/1911 - 04/03/1912

HMS LONDON - 05/03/1912 - 28/11/1913

HMS VANGUARD - 29/11/1913 - 09/07/1917


He was also awarded the Star, Victory Medal, British War Medals which were claimed by his mother.

John is remembered on the Chatham Naval Memorial.


(#280 - 385/843)


Sources:


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

Surrey, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1912 Surrey History Centre; Woking, Surrey, England; Surrey Church of England Parish Registers; Reference: 2381/4/3

1881, 1891, 1901 & 1911 England Census

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: 305

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: 008 (1914 - 1919)

CWGC Register

Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919 TNA Series: ADM 242/8; Scan Number: 0845

Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972 Class: ADM 171; Piece: 53

Surrey Herald and Middlesex News

Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972 Class: ADM 171; Piece: 105



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