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25 Dec 1875
Saltfleet Lincoln
William was the son of William Henry Hyde and Fanny Hyde (nee Bachelor). Both his parents were born in Little Grainsby, Lincolnshire, and were married in 1873 (A/M/J Louth). According to the 1911 Census they had five children of whom four survived childhood: William, Annie E., Joseph and Albert. The three oldest children were born in Lincolnshire but Albert was born in Cottingham, Yorkshire. In 1891 Henry (38), a shepherd, and Fanny (38) were living at 50 Town End Cottages, Tollerton, Nottinghamshire, with their three children, William (15), a farm servant, Annie (9) and Joseph (2). Also in the household was Isabella/Isabel Heaven (20) who was described as a boarder but of no occupation. However, on the 1911 Census, when Isabel was still living with the Henry and Fanny, she was described as an 'imbecile from birth.' In 1911, when William was still serving in the Royal Navy, his parents were living in Rolleston, Nottinghamshire. Only one child, Albert (13), a farm servant, was still living at home along with Isabel Heaven. William jnr, a leading stoker serving in HMS Implacable, 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, Chalpey 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's youngest brother, Albert, may have also served in the war. The front page of a Short Service Attestation dated 1915 survives, giving his name, age (18years 189 days), address Rolleston Junction, Newark, and name of father, Henry (sic). Unfortunately, other documents in the pack relate to a former seaman, Alfred Wm Hyde. William's mother Fanny died in 1921 (Dec Southwell) aged 69 and his father William Henry in 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 died of illness while serving in HMT Swann III, a former trawler hired by the Royal Navy for minesweeping duties. He is buried in Aberdeen (Trinity) Cemetery, Scotland (grave ref. Lair.554).
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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