Askew, John Amos (1883-1918)

Eldest son of John and Angelina Amy Askew Born 17th June 1883 in Eastry, Kent.

At the time of his birth his father was a Private in the Royal Marines Light Infantry based at Walmer.

1890 Angelina A Askew and her sons John Amos and George William admitted to Medway Union on 5th March. She is listed as the wife of John A, a labourer. Religion is listed as Dissenter.

1891 Census aged 7 living at Roebuck Villa, Roebuck Road, Rochester with his mother, younger brother and sister and a boarder.

1901 Census aged 17 living at 26 Baker Street, Rochester and listed as a Lighterman Barge. His mother is still listed as head of the house but he has gained another brother and sister. Was his father away at both Censuses or has the same lodger, George Spitty, also a Lighterman got something to do with it? George Spitty’s son Charles, also a Lighterman, boards there.

1911 Census aged 27 at 24 Grange Road Frindsbury with his mother, now a widow, and his 4 siblings and a 3-month-old niece. He is listed as Barge Captain.

Military Career

The only record that can be found is his resting place in Kilmore (Grange) Graveyard, County Wexford, Ireland. He died on 26 February 1918 and was an Able Seaman in the Mercantile Marine

Records for the Merchant Navy from 1913 to 1917 were destroyed which inhibits further research.


Sources sources

FreeBMD. England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006

The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Admiralty: Chaplain of the Fleet and successors: Registers of Baptisms, Confirmation, Marriages and Burials; Class: ADM 338; Piece: Piece 141; Piece Description: Piece 141 (1871 – 1898)

Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre; Chatham, Kent, England; Collection: Poor Law Union Records; Reference Number: G/Me/WIa/11

1891 Census Class: RG12; Piece: 656; Folio: 92; Page: 44; GSU roll: 6095766

1901 Census Class: RG13; Piece: 723; Folio: 111; Page: 27

1911 Census Class: RG14; Piece: 3868; Schedule Number: 109


Biography compiled by Sean Ryan

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