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25 Dec 1875
Saltfleet Lincolnshire
John William (known as William) was the son of William Henry Hyde and Fanny Hyde (née Bachelor). His father William Henry was born in Little Grimsby, Lincolnshire, in about 1854. His mother was also born in Little Grimsby and was probably baptised at the parish church on 30 May 1852 (parents Joseph and Jane Bachelor). William and Fanny and were married in the parish church of Little Grimsby on 15 May 1873 (A/M/J Louth). According to the 1911 Census they had had five children of whom four were still living. Their five children were: Mary Jane b. Little Grimsby 1873 (O/N/D Louth Lincs) bap. Little Grimsby 28 September 1873 d. 1897, Fanny b. South Willingham birth registered 1875 (J/F/M Louth) bap. North Willingham 24 December 1876, John William b. Hanthorpe Lincs 25 December 1875 (1876 J/F/M Louth) bap. North Willingham 24 December 1876, Annie Elizabeth b. Newbold Lincs 1881 (J/A/S Lincoln) and Joseph b. Humby Lincs 1888 (O/N/D Grantham). In 1881 William (27), an agricultural labourer, and Fanny (28) were living in Newball, Lincolnshire, with their three children Mary (7), Fanny (6) and William (5). Also in the household was a 'nurse child', Isabel Heaven (13 b. Hessle Yorkshire). Isabel Elizabeth Heaven was born in 1868 (A/M/J Sculcoates/Wilkins) and was still living with the family in 1911 when she was described on the census as 'an imbecile from birth.' By 1891 William Henry (38), a shepherd, and Fanny (38) were living at 50 Town End Cottages, Tollerton, Nottinghamshire, with three of their five children, William (15), a farm servant, Annie (9) and Joseph (2). Isabella Heaven was described on the census as a boarder and of no occupation. Their eldest daughters, Mary Jane (17) and Fanny (16), were housemaids in the household of Thomas Heathcote and his widowed mother at Newton House, Newton, Sleaford, Lincolnshire. Fanny (17) married William Watson Holden (26) at the parish church of Stapleford, Lincolnshire, on 14 June 1892; one of the witnesses was her sister, Mary Jane Hyde. William was a groom (residence Newton Lincolnshire) whose father Thomas lived in Stapleford. Fanny was also living in Stapleford but was not in work. Their parents, William and Fanny, were living at Flash Farm, Town Street, Averham, Nottinghamshire, by 1901. William was a stockman and farm labourer. Also in the home on the night of the census were Isabel, described as a visitor, their son Joseph (13) and Albert Hyde (3) b. Cottingham, Yorkshire (1897 J/A/S Sculcoates Yorkshire), who was also described as their son as he would be on the next census. However, a family history website records that Albert was the son of William and Fanny's unmarried daughter, Mary Jane Hyde, who had died in 1897 (J/A/S Sculcoates) aged 23. Their son William had joined the Royal Navy in November the previous year while Annie (19) was a domestic servant in Newark in the household of Annie Quibell, a widow. William and Fanny had moved to Rolleston, Nottinghamshire, by 1911, where William was a cottager. Only Albert (13), a farm servant, and Isabel Heaven were living with them. Their youngest son Joseph, now a journeyman for a flour mill, had married two years earlier and was living in Fiskerton near Rolleston, with his wife Rosa (20) and daughter Phyllis (2 months). Isabel Heaven died in 1913 (A/M/J Southwell) aged 45. William jnr, a leading stoker serving in HMS Implacable, had married Edith Baggs in Weymouth, Dorset, on 24 December 1910. He was 33 years old and his bride 20. Edith was the daughter of Thomas Baggs, a groom, and lived on Prince of Wales Road, Weymouth. William's father was described as a farmer. William was still serving in HMS Implacable in 1911 and his wife Edith (21) was living at 3 East Row, Chapley Street, Weymouth. Also in the marital home on the night of the census was Edith's sister, Bessie Baggs (10). William and Edith had at least one, and possibly two, sons, William Henry and Francis E. William Henry's birth was registered in 1914 (J/F/M Weymouth, mother's maiden name Baggs) and he was baptised on 3 April 1914 in Weymouth (parents William and Edith Hyde). There is also a record of the birth in 1917 (Weymouth Dorset, Baggs) of a Francis E Hyde. At the time of William's death in March 1917 his wife was living at 3 Seymour Place, Weymouth. William and Fanny's grandson Albert, may have also served in the war. The front page of a Short Service Attestation dated 1915 survives giving his name, age (18 years 189 days), address Rolleston Junction, Newark, and name of father, Henry (sic). William's mother Fanny died in 1921 (Dec Southwell) aged 69 and his father William Henry on 10 October 1924 (Dec Southwell) aged 71.
He was a farm servant in 1891 but his occupation was described as labourer when he joined the Royal Navy in 1900.
05 Mar 1917
326668 - CWGC Website
HM Trawler Swan III Royal Navy
Royal Naval Reserve. William joined the Royal Navy on 2 November 1900 as a Stoker 2nd Class on a 12 year continuous service engagement. He served in the following ships and shore establishments: Pembroke, 2 November 1900-12 August 1901 (Stoker 2nd Class, Stoker 1 May 1901); HMS Andromache, 13 August 1901-29 June 1902. Cells 14 days. HMS Andromache, 14 July 1902-28 October 1903; Pembroke, 29 October 1903-1 December 1903; HMS Tribune, 2 December 1903-13 December 1904; Pembroke, 17 December-21 January 1905. HL [Hard Labour] 21 days. Pembroke 12 February 1905-4 May 1905; HMS King Alfred, 5 May 1905-19 June 1905; Pembroke II, 20 June 1905-14 July 1905; HMS Antrim, 15 July 1905-26 November 1906 (Stoker 1st Class, 1 July 1906). 14 Days Cells. HMS Antrim, 11 December 1906-19 January 1907; Pembroke II, 20 June 1907-25 June 1907; HMS Pathfinder, 26 June 1907-19 November 1907; Pembroke II, 20 November 1907-22 November 1907; HMS Majestic, 23 November 1907-6 January 1908; HMS Venerable, 7 January 1908-1 February 1909 (Leading Stoker, 1 October 1908); HMS Implacable, 2 February 1909-24 April 1911; Pembroke II, 25 April 1911-21 May 1911; HMS Aeolus, 22 May 1911-15 October 1912 (Stoker 1st Class, 14 October 1911); Pembroke II, 16 October 1912-1 November 1912. He was Discharged Shore in 1912 on completion of his continuous service engagement. Some time after his discharge from the Royal Navy William joined the Royal Naval Reserve. There is a record of him on the crew list of HMS Majestic, engagement dates 8 September 1913 to 11 October 1913, when he was discharged at Weymouth. There are no details of when William rejoined the Royal Navy but it is possible that he was mobilised on the outbreak of war. William was killed at the Pontoon Dock in Aberdeen while serving in HMT Swann III, a former trawler hired by the Royal Navy for minesweeping duties. He was buried in Aberdeen (Trinity) Cemetery, Scotland (grave ref. Lair.554).
Rolleston Parishioner. Aberdeen Evening Express, Wednesday 7 March 1917: ‘Pontoon Dock Fatality. The body of the seaman who was killed at the Pontoon Dock on Monday has been identified as that of Wm. Hyde, naval seaman’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Probate: Hyde William Henry of Rolleston Nottinghamshire died 10 October 1924 Administration Nottingham 21 November to Joseph Hyde engine driver. Effects £490 12s. 3d.
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