Able Seaman John Sanford

Able Seaman John Sanford

John Sanford © Royston Williamson 2015
John Sanford © Royston Williamson 2015

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

John Sanford Birth Registration Transcription © findmypast.co.uk
John Sanford Birth Registration Transcription © findmypast.co.uk
John Sanford Baptism Certificate © ancestry.co.uk
John Sanford Baptism Certificate © ancestry.co.uk

John Sanford was born on the 27th of March or April 1882 in Dorking, Surrey and was baptised on the 5th of July 1882 at St Martin’s church in Dorking. At the time of the baptism the family lived at Dene Street, Dorking and Henry Edward was working as a labourer.

John Sanford 1888 School Admissions Register © Surrey History Centre findmypast.co.uk
John Sanford 1888 School Admissions Register © Surrey History Centre findmypast.co.uk

On the 30th of October 1888, John Sanford was admitted into the St Martin’s Church of England School for boys in Dorking. At the time of his admission the family lived in Cape Place. John left the school on the 18th of December 1894.

John Sanford 1891 Census © findmypast.co.uk
John Sanford 1891 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family lived at 10 Church Gardens in Dorking. Henry Edward was working as a general labourer and Elizabeth was looking after their children: Louisa Hannah, George Henry, John, Elizabeth Lily and Beatrice Fanny. The family further comprise of a boarder: groom Charles Croucher.

John Sanford enlisted into the Royal Navy on the 27th of April 1900 for a duration of 12 years. He had light brown hair, hazel eyes and a fair complexion. His service number was 199941. He was an Ordinary Seaman. Prior to his enlistment John served on the naval training ship T. S. Arethusa.

John’s first service day started on the 27th of April 1900 on board of HMS Thunderer. He became an Able Seaman in April 1901.

John Sanford 1901 Census © ancestry.co.uk
John Sanford 1901 Census © ancestry.co.uk

At the time of the 1901 Census, John Sanford was an ordinary seaman in the Royal Navy at Aden.

John Sanford served on several ships during his years in the Royal Navy. For Example: HMS Thunderer, HMS St George, HMS Vernon, HMS Enchantress, HMS Duke of Wellington, HMS Hibernia, HMS Egmont, HMS Victory I, HMS Goliath, HMS Revenge, HMS Eclipse, HMS Hermione or HMS Liverpool.

The last ship John was serving on was HMS Victory I. He served on her from the 20th of April 1912 to the 30th of April 1912.

On the 27th of April 1912, John Sanford joined the Royal Fleet Reserve.

John Sanford and Ellen Mills Marriage Index © Ancestry.co.uk
John Sanford and Ellen Mills Marriage Index © Ancestry.co.uk

John Sanford married Ellen Bassford in the 3rd quarter of 1913 in the Registration District of Atherstone, Warwickshire.

John Sanford and Ellen Sanford had a son: John Henry Sanford was born on the 15th of December 1913 in the Registration District of Atherstone, Warwickshire. He died in 1998 in the Registration District of Nuneaton & Bedworth, Warwickshire. He was 84 years old.

John Sanford Royal Navy Register © Ancestry.co.uk
John Sanford Royal Navy Register © Ancestry.co.uk
John Sanford Deaths at Sea Transcription © findmypast.co.uk
John Sanford Deaths at Sea Transcription © findmypast.co.uk

John Sanford died on the 15th of July 1916 inside the HM Submarine H3 in the Adriatic. The H3 was mined whilst patrolling off the Austrian Naval base of Cattaro. John Sanford was part of the Royal Fleet Reserve.

John Sanford Portsmouth Naval Memorial Panel Listing © CWGC.org.uk
John Sanford Portsmouth Naval Memorial Panel Listing © CWGC.org.uk
John Sanford Portsmouth Naval Memorial Roll of Honour © CWGC.org.uk
John Sanford Portsmouth Naval Memorial Roll of Honour © CWGC.org.uk

He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. His panel reference is 13.

After John’s death, Ellen Sanford lived at 82 Long Street, Dordon, Tamworth, Warwickshire.

Sanford Family History

John’s father Henry Edward Sandford/Sanford was born in the 4th quarter of 1843 in Dorking, Surrey to labourer John Sandford/Sanford, born about 1810 in Reigate, Surrey and Hannah Sandford/Sanford, born about 1808 in Dorking, Surrey. Henry Edward Sanford was baptised on the 12th of November 1843 at St Martin’s church in Dorking. At the time of the baptism, the family lived in West Street, Dorking and John was working as a labourer. At the time of the 1871 Census, the family lived in Cape Place, Dorking. The household comprised of the widowed Hannah and her two sons: moulder Henry Edward and ostler James.

John’s mother Elizabeth West was born in the 2nd quarter of 1852 in Woking, Surrey to labourer and later gardener George West, born about 1818 in Kennington, Surrey and Louisa West born about 1819 in Kirdford, Sussex. Elizabeth West was baptised on the 27th of June 1852 at St Peter’s church in Woking. At the time of the baptism, the family lived in Sutton and George West was working as a labourer. At the time of the 1871 Census, the family lived at St Catherine’s Lodge, Portsmouth Road in Guildford. George West was working as a gardener and Louisa was at home. The household further comprised of their children: able seaman Charles West, cook Elizabeth West and scholar James West.

Henry Edward Sanford married Elizabeth West, by Banns, on the 22nd of July 1876 at Stoke next Guildford. At the time of the marriage, the couple lived in Sutton and Henry Edward was working as a moulder.

John Sanford had seven siblings: Louisa Hannah Sanford born in the 4th quarter of 1878 in Dorking Surrey; George Henry Sanford born in the 2nd quarter of 1880 in Dorking, Surrey; Elizabeth Lily Sanford born in the 2nd quarter of 1885 in Dorking, Surrey; Ellen Sarah Sanford born in the 1st quarter of 1887 in the Dorking, Surrey; Beatrice Fanny born in the 2nd quarter of 1889 in Dorking, Surrey; Harold Charlton Sanford born in the 1st quarter of 1892 in Dorking, Surrey and Ada Sanford born in the 4th quarter of 1894 in Dorking, Surrey.

At the time of the 1881 Census, the family lived at Dene Street in Dorking. Henry Edward was working as a brewer’s labourer and Elizabeth was at home looking after their children: Louisa Hannah and George Henry. The household further comprised of a boarder: general labourer David Sweetman.

At the time of the 1901 Census, John’s family lived at 2 Church Gardens in Dorking. Henry Edward was working as a bricklayer’s labourer and Elizabeth was a laundress. The household further comprised of their children: Louisa Hannah, laundress Elizabeth Lily, Beatrice Fanny, Harold Charlton and Ada and also boarders Annie and Thomas Fisher.

John’s father Henry Edward Sanford died in the 2nd quarter of 1901 in the Registration District of Dorking. He was 56 years old.

At the time of the 1911 Census, John’s mother, the widowed Elizabeth Sanford lived at 5 Heath Hill in Dorking. The household further comprised of her children: Elizabeth Lily, bakers assistant Harold Charlton and Ada. The accommodation had four rooms. Elizabeth stated that she had given birth to eight children of whom seven were still alive.

John Sanford’s mother Elizabeth Sanford died in 1925 in the Registration District of East Preston, Sussex.

Ellen Sanford (nee Bassford) Family History.

Ellen Bassford was born on the 28th of May 1896 in Dordon, Warwickshire to miner Thomas Bassford, born about 1859 in Polesworth, Warwickshire, and Ann Bassford, born about 1860 in Warton, Warwickshire. Ellen was baptised on the 20th of September 1896 in the Parish of Polesworth, Warwickshire. At the time of the baptism the family lived in Dordon and Thomas was working as a miner.

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family lived at Hall End, Freasley & Hall End, Atherstone, Warwickshire. Tom Bassford was working as a coal miner hewer and Ann was looking after their 6 children, including Ellen.

At the time of the 1911 Census, the family lived at 73 Dordon, near Tamworth. The widowed Ann was at home with her five children, including Ellen. The household further comprised of a boarder: pit banksman labourer Frank H. Heath. The accommodation had five rooms.

Born                            Dorking

Husband of                 Ellen Sanford of 82 Long Street, Dordon, Tamworth, Warwickshire
Son of                          Henry and Edith Sanford of Dorking

Regiment                     Royal Navy H.M Submarine H. 3
Number                       RFR. P.O.B 5244

Date of Death              15th July 1916
Place of Death             Adriatic Sea
Cause of Death           Killed in Action

Age                              34

Memorial                     Portsmouth Naval Memorial