John (1) Livesey

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John (1) Livesey was born in Salford in 1887 to parents Samuel George (1) Livesey and his wife Frances Ann Stead.

He was christened at the Sacred Trinity Church on September 2nd 1887. The register describes his father as a greengrocer residing at 13, Quay Street in Salford.

The 1891 Census finds him at age "3" living with his parents at 46, Brighton Street, Ordsall in Salford.

The 1901 Census finds him at age "13" living with his parents at 4, Tamworth Street in Salford, and working as a coal yard labourer.

On July 24th 1905 John (1) joined the Royal Navy, serving as a stoker with service number SS 101294 [RN Registers of Seamen's Services 1848-1939]. He signed up initially for a short service period of 5 years which expired on July 29th 1910. His service record gives his date of birth as July 1st 1887 and his former occupation as market porter and railway platelayer. His height was just over 5 feet 4 inches and he had blue eyes and light brown hair. He was transferred to the Royal Fleet Reserve at Chatham on July 30th 1910 and then, when the Great War arrived, served at sea on various ships - HMS Euryalus, HMS Dominion and HMS Wellington, punctuated by occasional returns to the shore-based HMS Pembroke II at Chatham - until being finally discharged on February 23rd 1919.

In 1910 he married Daisy (nee) Collier [Marriage Index: Watford 3a 1761, 1910 (Sept)]. She was born in Watford on July 20th 1889 [Birth Index: Watford 3a 564, 1889 (Sept)] to parents Hubert Collier (a general labourer) and his wife Elizabeth. The 1891 Census finds Daisy living with them at 9, Albert Street in Watford.

The 1911 Census finds John (1) and Daisy living at 12, West Street in Watford, he being described as a "time expired stoker from Royal Navy just left", that is, he was now on the standard naval 7-year reserve but apparently not otherwise employed at this time.

The National Register for England and Wales 1939 finds them with numerous children living at 10, Weymouth Street in Watford where he was occupied as a slater and tiler in the building trade. Here his date of birth is given as August 22nd 1887. Perhaps in earlier life he had been uncertain of the correct date but by 1939 had discovered what it was.

John (1) apparently died aged "51" in late 1939 [Death Index: Watford 3a 1817, 1939 (Dec)].

Daisy died aged "82" in 1972 [Death Index: Watford 4b 960, 1972 (June) - DOB 20JY1889].

His children by Daisy Collier

  1. from the GRO index it appears that they produced as many as nine children
    at Watford during 1912-30 ...