BORN NOTTINGHAM, 25/07/1887. A SAILOR/FISHERMAN. BOARDED WITH THE CLAXTON FAMILY AT, 22, DEE STREET, HESSLE ROAD, HULL (1911 CENSUS). HE MARRIED GERTRUDE BRYANT CLAXTON, AT HULL, IN 1912. THIS WAS HIS PROBATE ADDRESS.
MASTER OF THE STEAM TRAWLER ‘DURBAN’, SUNK BY A MINE, ON 15/03/1919. WELL KNOWN ON HULL FISH DOCK, HE WORKED FOR THE KINGSTON STEAM TRAWLING COMPANY. HE CONTINUED FISHING THROUGHOUT THE WAR. AGED 31. HE LEFT A WIDOW AND TWO CHILDEN. HE ALSO LEFT £2,070 TO HIS WIDOW GERTRUDE BRYANT AND ROBERT CLAXTON. HIS DEATH WAS REPORTED IN THE HULL DAILY MAIL, ON, 09/04/1919. *
Built for Humber Steam Fishing & Ice Co., Hull (H378). In December 1914 vessel Requisitioned by the Royal Navy as an auxiliary vessel No FY 1209. In October 1915 returned to owners. In 1917 vessel Rqd by Royal Navy as a fishing trawler (Fishery Reserve). In 1919 vessel returned to owners. On 15/03/1919 the Hull trawler DURBAN (H378) posted missing:- Lost all hands (possibly mined) in the North Sea.
CREW LOST ON DURBAN (H378), missing, presumed to have struck mine, 15th March, 1919.
BLURTON, Cyril (19), 1 Walker-Ter, Manchester St, Hull. Trimmer
BRIGNALL, Bernard (20), 7 Beech-Gr, Prince’s Rd, Hull. Deckhand
BRYANT, Charles (31), 109 Coltman St, Hull. Skipper
CATLING, Lewis (27), 13 Naburn St, Hull. Chief Engineer
GILBERT, John (53), 1 Lizzie-Ave, Rhodes St, Hull. Sparehand
HARRISON, William (-), No other details traced.
LAWSON, Richard (42), 59 Constable St, Hull. Bosun
McDONALD, Edwin (33), Lee Smith Street, Hull. Cook
MATTHEWS, William (40), 27 Lincoln St, Hull. Mate
WEST, John (46), Address not traced. Sparehand
WRIGHT, George (24), 61 Westbourne St, Hull. 2nd/Engineer