Owen Judge (Ch) 214954, Able Seaman.


Owen was born on 18th December 1885 in Sligo, Ireland to parents John and Sarah but by the 1891 census the family had moved to Salford in Lancashire and lived at 2 Heaps Buildings. Owen was six years old and had two younger siblings as well as an older brother (not mentioned). Within 10 years the family had moved again and in 1901 were recorded residing at 10 William’s Place, Harpurhey, Lancashire. Owen was then aged 15, had left school and worked in the cotton trade. Several months after the census had been taken Owen left his civilian life and joined the Navy on 18th May 1901 as a Boy 2nd Class attached to HMS Black Prince until 15th October 1902, rising to Boy 1st Class on 6th Feb 1902. He was 5'1" tall with black hair and grey eyes, had a small scar on his forehead; the remainder of his service history follows:-

HMS AGINCOURT - 16/10/1902 - 07/01/1903

HMS JUPITER - 08/01/1903 - 21/06/1904, rising to Ordinary Seaman on 18/10/1903

HMS ILLUSTRIOUS - 22/06/1904 - 17/01/1905, rising to Able Seaman on 31/10/1904

HMS WILDFIRE - 18/01/1905 - 22/03/1905

HMS PEMBROKE I - 23/03/1905 - 05/06/1905

HMS REPULSE - 06/06/1905 - 23/03/1906

HMS ILLUSTRIOUS - 24/03/1906 - 23/04/1908, serving ten days in cells and hard labour for 42 days

HMS PEMBROKE I - 24/04/1908 - 24/08/1908

HMS VICTORIOUS - 25/08/1908 - 12/09/1908

HMS AGAMEMNON - 13/09/1908 - 26/09/1910, serving a total of 27 days in cells

HMS PEMBROKE I - 27/09/1910 - 24/04/1911, stationed in Chatham during the 1911 census

HMS AFRICA - 25/04/1911 - 04/03/1912, serving 10 days in cells

HMS LONDON - 05/03/1912 - 17/02/1914

HMS PEMBROKE I - 18/02/1914 - 30/03/1914

HMS VANGUARD - 31/03/1914 - 09/07/1917. Owen served during the Battle of Jutland.

Owen’s pension was claimed by his mother following his death, as were his Star, Victory and British war medals. He is remembered on the Chatham Naval Memorial.


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Sources:

Ireland, Civil Registration Births Index, 1864-1958

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: 376

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 008; Piece Description: Piece 008 (1914 - 1919)

British Army and Navy Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960 National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; 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

CWGC Register

Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919 TNA Series: ADM 242/8; Scan Number: 1211

Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972 Class: ADM 171; Piece: 107

British Newspaper Archives - Manchester Evening News


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