The Men of LV50, Genealogical Research

Genealogical researches starting with 1911 crew list as given on Census Return

by Susan McGinty

Avenues of enquiry

The family history of each man was researched using FindmyPast, Ancestry and Family Search online tools. Where there were public family trees on these websites, that were associated with our crew, the contact was emailed and asked for any additional information or anecdotes.

When descendants were identified they were emailed and asked for any information.
Essex Family History Society was emailed and asked to circulate the request for information to their members, and also the Harwich Society (local history group) who will include a request to their members for any information in their April newsletter.

The 1911 census for Harwich was “browsed” for other crew members who would be ashore on census night. While there were many with “Trinity House Service” for their industry, this would include the Trinity House pilots working from Harwich and crew of other lightships. None of the few men found with occupations of “lampman” “fog signal driver” “LV seaman” identified which ship they belonged to.

After 1911 the only public records are the Electoral Register for Harwich (1920s and 1930s only ones available online) and the 1939 Register. Research using these records into later crew members is ongoing.

Crew list as given on Census Return for 1911

John Conway                        Master                        age 61 born Holyhead, Anglesey

Hugh Owen                           Mate                           age 54 born Holyhead, Anglesey
(not on-board census night but signed the return) 

James Barton                       Lamplighter            age 37 born Fordham, Essex  (incorrectly transcribed as Oxford) 

John Clemance                    Seaman                     age 28 born Harwich, Essex

Arthur J Durrant                   Seaman                     age 29 born Witham, Essex

Francis Grinway                   fog signal driver     age 39 born St Peter’s, Kent

Henry Mark Richmond        Seaman F.S.D        age 51 born Harwich, Essex

Charles Thomas Thorne     Lamplighter            age 42 born London 

NOTE: Birth Marriage and Death registration is indexed quarterly.
Dates recorded: Q1 = Jan, Feb, Mar; Q2 = Apr, May, Jun; Q3 = Jul, Aug, Sep; Q4 = Oct, Nov, Dec, of the given year.

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