John Madams (Ch) 311106, Stoker 1st Class.


John was born on 11th October 1885, in Whitstable, Kent to parents George and Eliza.

He is first recorded on the 1891 census, aged 6, living at 61 Harbour Street, Whitstable, one of four children. 10 years later, in the 1901 census, he was aged 15 and the eldest of 5 children, living at 1 Emperor Place, Whitstable.

He joined the Royal Navy on 4th December 1906 as a Stoker 2nd Class. He measured 5'9" tall, with light brown hair, blue eyes and a tattoo of clasped hands on his right forearm and "J.M" tattooed on his left forearm.

His service and training continued:-

NATAL - 11/04/1907 - 28/01/1908, rising to Stoker 1st Class

CRESSY - 29/01/1908 - 10/06/1908

PEMBROKE II - 11/06/1908 - 23/06/1908

INDOMITABLE - 24/06/1908 - 20/11/1911 - He was mentioned on the 1911 census, married, with a step son and baby son, living at 7 Flood Lane, Faversham. He married Ada Elsie Batty in March 1909 who already had a son - John Batty. Their first child, William was born the year before.

BLENHEIM - 21/11/1911 - 30/09/1913

EGMONT - 01/10/1913 - 03/11/1913

PEMBROKE II - 04/11/1913 - 05/02/1914

GOLIATH - 06/02/1914 - 28/07/1914

VICTORIOUS - 29/07/1914 - 04/02/1915

PEMBROKE II - 05/02/1915 - 21/02/1916

VICTORIOUS - 22/02/1916 - 28/05/1917

VANGUARD - 29/05/1917 - 09/07/1917

John spent just 41 days aboard the ship before her explosion. By the time of the explosion he and Ada had had another two children, Emily and George.


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Sources:

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

1891, 1901 & 1911 England Census

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

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: 509

CWGC Register

Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919 TNA Series: ADM 242/9; Scan Number: 0349

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: 009 (1914 - 1919)

WWI Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923 Western Front Association; London, England; Pension Record Cards; Reference: 132/0615/MCW-MAD

Photo courtesy of Jason Madams


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