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Hi all, I have found an old Bible in a second hand book shop and it has a certificate in the front with the number 8347 on the top, below it says;

Presented

by

The Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty

to

Kerley, E.W.G

on joining the Royal Navy

and what looks like June (written in pencil) 19 (again filled in with a pencil) 18

HMS (again filled in with a pencil) Impregnable.

I know Impregnable was a training ship but would like to know if anyone has any information on this EWG Kerley, if he saw any action (unlikely I know given the late date) and if any relatives I would like to send them the bible.

Gary

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I would say it was presented to Henry Vickery, who probably had two children with the initials of E.V. and P.

 

BillyH.

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I think the child's name is actually E.A. Vickery.

In 1911 there was a 6 year old Eleanor Amelia Vickery living with her mother at 6 Lords Street, Portsmouth. Father not at home, probably at sea?

Should be possible to find the father on WW1 navy records (come on you navy experts.)

 

BillyH.

edit :   Eliza Matilda L. Trodd married Harry Vickery @ Portsmouth 1903

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No Henrys (only as second names). A moment while I check service numbers.

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Deleted - Bit young to have married!

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http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D6679575

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D6778293

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D6690100

 

Here are three whose ages are possible for the marriage. I favour the Alverstoke man (across Portsmouth Harbour) but could really do with matching the ages to Eliza's husband.

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Got him I think!

He was on HMS Impregnable in 1895 :

 

BillyH.

later edit : image deleted so as not to mislead Luket

 

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For what it's worth, I suspect he's 176135, born 1878 in Long Ashton, Somerset and away at sea in 1911.

 

Edit - and so does Mr 2.

 

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Full marks to horatio and IPT (both found the right man)

The original image of the bible shows he left Impregnable on 29th January 1895 and that date is confirmed in the service record for the 176135 Long Ashton man.

 

IPT   Marion was a Cocup on my part!

 

BillyH.

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Just pointing out that the right man was no.3 on my list although I plumped for the wrong one :)

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Knew Long Ashton was familiar - been past there often (not far from RNAH Barrow Gurney, wrong war).

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Hah. No drinks for you next round!

Connecting RNAH Barrow Gurney to the GW - its MOIC was Henry StC. Colson, MO to VINDICTIVE at Zeebrugge.

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11 minutes ago, seaJane said:

Just pointing out that the right man was no.3 on my list although I plumped for the wrong one :)

Just half marks for you then Jane, and none for me :(

We got there though.

 

BillyH.

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Team effort!

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20th December 1943 - Portsmouth Evening News

 

VICKERY—Harry. With fond remembrances of dear husband (late of Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert and also No. 4. Lords Street), who passed away on 15th Inst. Good-night dear. From his sorrowing wife, daughter and son-in-law. Service at St. Mark's Church. 2 p m.. Tuesday. 21st Inst., followed by interment Kingston Cemetery (entrance St Mary s Road).

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