J.F.G. Blanchard Service Record

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John Frederick George Blanchard: Coastguard and Navyman

John F G Blanchard was born in 1856 in Deptford, London. His mother Sarah Ann Fittock, granddaughter of a coffee and eating house keeper of Deptford, and his father John Blanchard of Winchester Hampshire, a naval dockyard carpenter, married on 30th September 1855 in Deptford. Their six children were born in Deptford.

They named their first child using both their father's names. John Frederick George Blanchard was born on 25 August 1856. A brother who only lived a few weeks followed him and then his four sisters: Alice Mary Ann, Emma Sarah Ann, Keziah Elizabeth, and Ada Abigail.

Although the family grew up in Deptford in the 1881 Census they were living at 11 Duke Street, Portsea Island. John senior was working as a joiner, and Keziah and Emma were employed as stay fanners (i.e. corset makers). The census shows John junior as an able bodied seaman aboard The HMS Duke of Wellington in Portsmouth Harbour.

John Frederick George Blanchard

Service Record of John Frederick George Blanchard, Number 55592:

  • Joined 1871
  • 10 year period of engagement began 25.08.1874 - 17454B
  • 2nd 10 years 25.08.1884 - 17454B
  • Height = 5 '4"
  • Eyes = Hazel
  • Hair = Dark Brown
  • Complexion Dark-Fair
  • Wounds = none
  • Trade = Carpenter
  • Gunnery Engagements
  • Traced 28. 10.1879, 27.2.1891








Excellent C15955B1C01.01.7317.10.73V. GoodFE 1871 
Hector15204 B1C18.01.7312.07.73   
Beacon105B1C13.07.7324.08.74V.G. 3 1.8.73  
Beacon58Ord 2CGI 1.1.7525.08.7431.12.76Good 31.12.75 
Excellent152257AB20.01.7813.10.78V.G.Unable to qualify as 2G 
Duke of Wellington5144ABGI 1.7.83
16.10.7813.06.86V.G. Each YearRegd 10.2.82 £2.10.0
EG 84
Rover5341AB2B 1.1.8314.06.8607.09.88V.G. 
Belleisle15996AB8B 25.8.8709.11.8820.11.88V.G.Coastguard
Crosshaven+ BaltimoreBoatmanJ.U. 24.5.8821.11.8827.01.94V.G.   
Kingstown+ CrookhavenBoatman 28.01.9419.03.94V.G.    
KingstownCmd. Boatn16.04.9401.11.99V.G.    
Weymouth -West BayCommd. Boatman 02.11.9911.07.02V.G.    
Limerick -CrookhavenCh. Btn12.07.02
South of Ireland — CrookhavenChief Boatman28.06.0325.08.06V.G. Each YearGratuity: 27.09.04 Granted Progressive Pay: 16.7.06 Pension: 31.07.06   

Many thanks to John Blanchards' great granddaughter Natasha for sending us this record.

3 Comments · 10133 Reads · Print  -> Posted by Tony on May 05 2007


#1 | crimea1854 on 16/08/2007 10:05:29
A small point, but the initial rate should read B1C and then Ord. For the uninitiated the first is Boy 1st Class and the second is Ordinary Seamen.

The transition from Boy to Ordinary could not take place until the mans eighteenth birthday was reached, at which point he could then sign on for 10 years continuous service in the navy.


#2 | Philip on 17/08/2007 20:05:27
Thanks Martin for the info, article corrected as per your suggestions
#3 | gina45 on 23/12/2008 23:38:43
i cna only see a photo i cant see any writing ...?

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