Charles THORNE – Lamplighter of “Outer Gabbard” light vessel (LV50) 1911

Charles Thomas THORNE was born 21 Sep 1868 Marylebone, the first child of Thomas (1846 – ) and Mary (1847-) Thomas was a bootmaker who moved to Great Yarmouth between 1871 and 1873.

Charles died Q4 1943 registered in Colchester aged 75.

1881 he was with his family at 82 St Peters Road, Great Yarmouth, not found 1891 but parents now at Exmouth Road, Great Yarmouth.

1892 Charles married Emma Elizabeth POPAY (19 May 1867 -) daughter of Henry and Elizabeth. His address was Exmouth Road and his occupation Trinity Service.

His son Charles Thomas was born 17 Mar 1894 in Great Yarmouth and father occupation given as Lightsman.

His daughter was born in 1896 in Harwich – address 3 Gun Cottages, Albert Street. Father occupation Lightman.

The family were still at Gun Cottages in 1901 census, Charles Thomas listed as Lamplighter on “Newarp” (same vessel in 1901 as Henry Mark RICHMOND, fellow crew of 1911 “Outer Gabbard”).

In 1911 the family were at 4 Westbury Cottages, Talbot Street, Charles Thomas on board “Outer Gabbard” – Lamplighter.

Charles and Emma moved to various addresses in 1920s electoral registers.
Emma died (? Q4 1931 Yarmouth – only death found) and in 1939 widower Charles was living in Manor Lane Harwich with the Keeble family (previously neighbours in 1929 Nelson Street) the head of the household, Ernest, being a lamplighter in Trinity House Service.

Charles died 1943 and was buried 29 November. His address given as Heath House, Tendring, (Harwich).

Of his children:

Charles Thomas b.17 Mar 1894, bap. 4 Apr, Great Yarmouth
with mother & sister 1901 and 1911 census – Shop errand boy aged 17 in 1911. Nothing else found with certainty.

Gertrude Emma b. 17 Jan 1896, bap. 6 Feb 1896. Married 28 Oct 1916 to Wilson MORTIMER (1891 – 1970) of 4 Stour Tce, Harwich. Wilson was a seaman in Trinity Service.
They had 5 children , the eldest became a lighthouse keeper and was at Spurn lighthouse 1939. He married a lighthouse keepers daughter. They had one son.

Nothing else found with certainty