John William Warne (Ch) 189723 Petty Officer.

Updated: Jul 26, 2020


Photo courtesy of John Warne

John was born on 29th July 1880 at St Helen's, Ipswich, Suffolk to parents Moses and Harriet, the eldest of nine children.


He was first recorded on the 1881 census, living at 7 Regent Street in the St Helen’s parish area of Ipswich. His father, although called Moses, was recorded as George and he worked as a bricklayer.

The family can’t be found in the following census, and by 1896 John had left home to begin his life in the Royal Navy. He began his naval training on 23rd July 1896 as a Boy 2nd Class at HMS IMPREGNABLE, recorded as 5’8” tall with black hair and brown eyes.



His service follows:


HMS LION - 28/06/1896 - 01/02/1898, rising to Boy 1st Class on 01/04/1897

HMS AUSTRALIA - 02/02/1898 - 14/06/1898

HMS RUPERT - 15/06/1898 - 04/12/1901, rising to Ordinary Seaman on 29/07/1898 and Able Seaman on 24/08/1899. A month after John was rated to Able Seaman, his youngest brother William was born, back in Ipswich. On the night of the 1901 census John was recorded on the RUPERT, which was stationed at Port Said, in the Mediterranean.

HMS PEMBROKE I - 05/12/1901 - 05/03/1902

HMS WILDFIRE - 06/03/1902 - 06/05/1903

HMS PEMBROKE - 07/05/1903 - 15/05/1903

HMS NORTHAMPTON - 16/05/1903 - 14/11/1904

HMS HAWKE - 15/11/1904 - 06/08/1906, rising to Leading Seaman on 01/07/1905 and Petty Officer 2nd Class on 24/10/1905

HMS WILDFIRE - 07/08/1906 - 08/01/1907

HMS MAGNIFICENT - 09/01/1907 - 15/02/1909, rising to Petty Officer 1st Class on 09/09/1907

HMS AFRICA - 16/02/1909 - 24/04/1911. John was aboard the Battleship on the night of the 1911 census, anchored at Chatham, Kent.

HMS PEMBROKE - 25/04/1911 - 01/12/1911

HMS HOGUE - 02/12/1911 - 16/02/1912

HMS KING EDWARD VII - 17/02/1912 - 07/05/1912

HMS GANGES II - 08/05/1912 - 19/05/1912

HMS QUEEN - 20/05/1912 - 25/11/1913 - John married widow Louisa Barbeary on 10th August 1913 in Richmond Surrey, aged 32. By this date, he had lost both of his parents.



Signature of John, taken from his marriage certificate

HMS PEMBROKE - 26/11/1913 - 10/11/1913

HMS VANGUARD 11/11/1913 - 09/07/1917, rising to Petty Officer on 03/03/1914. His baby brother William joined John in serving on the dreadnought on 8th August 1916, where they were both killed a year later.


John left a widow, step daughter and two younger children, John and Ernest.


(#28 - 788/843)


Sources:

1881, 1901 & 1911 England Census - Ancestry.com

Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services, 1848-1939 National Archives Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services; Class: ADM 188; Piece: 323

Church of England Marriages, 1754-1937 Surrey History Centre; Woking, Surrey, England; Surrey Church of England Parish Registers; Reference Number: 2762/1/4

Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services, 1848-1939 National Archives Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services; Class: ADM 188; Piece: 323

CWGC Register

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: Piece 010; Piece Description: Piece 010 (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

WWI Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923 Western Front Association; London, England; Pension Record Cards; Reference: 185/0973/WAR-WAR


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