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William Frederick Jones
My gt gt grandfather William Frederick Jones was born 26 March 1827 Southwark Surrey and christened at Saint Saviour, Southwark on 14 December 1828. In 1841 he was living in Chelsea with his mother and siblings (father was a carver and guilder and was not at home the night of the census).

His first wife was Sarah Ann (nee Knappett) who was my gt gt grandmother. His second wife was Ellen.

In the 1861 census he is described as coastguard at Shingle Street Bawdsey Suffolk. 10 years later he was based at Sizewell Gap just up the coast and described in the census as seaman Royal Navy. In 1891 he is still at Sizewell Gap (this time with his second wife) and described as station officer RN coastguard.

These photos are not dated so I can't be sure he was Chief Boatman at the time they were taken.

[Thanks to David Chapman for sending this in.]

Date: 22/01/2009
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#1 | crimea1854 on 23/01/2009 18:56:32
The medals William is wearing look to be the China 1842 and Crimea medals, is this correct and if so what ships did he serve on?

It is also worth noting that his previous service record is also available online.
#2 | lawfullymine on 28/03/2009 14:39:17
From David Chapman: My branch of the family doesn't have his medals but they look to me like the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal ("traced" on his record apparently indicates the award) and the Baltic Medal. I'd be interested to learn how I can trace his earlier record on line.
#3 | rjmontgomery on 16/02/2010 17:51:16
He looks a fine fellow. His wife kindly introduced her niece Ellen Jane Knappett to my grandfather John James Montgomery at Sizewell Gap Coastguard Station in 1875. John and Ellen married, but she shortly died in childbirth, giving birth to my dear Aunt Nell. John re-married . The Sizewell Gap coastguard buildings(of about 1827) are still visible, overshadowed by Sizewell power station. The worst of the local smuggling is said to have ended by 1875.

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