Able Seaman William George Lucas

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

William George Lucas © Birth Registration Transcription © ancestry.co.uk
William George Lucas © Birth Registration Transcription © ancestry.co.uk
William George Lucas Baptism Certificate © ancestry.co.uk
William George Lucas Baptism Certificate © ancestry.co.uk

William George Lucas was born on the 22nd of December 1894 in Dorking, Surrey to grocer George Lucas and Elizabeth Dinah Lucas nee (Colstock) Weller, and was baptised on the 10th of November 1895 at St Martin’s Church in Dorking. At the time of the baptism, the family lived at 7 St Martin’s Place and George Lucas was working as a porter.

On the 13th of June 1898, William Lucas was admitted into St Martin’s Church of England School in Dorking for Infants. At the time of the admission, the family lived in Archway Place. On the 9th of April 1902, William was transferred into St Martin’s Church of England School in Dorking for Boys. He left the school on the 9th of March 1906.

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family lived at 11 Archway Place in Dorking. George Lucas was working as a grocer’s porter and Elizabeth was looking after their children: William; Hilda; Arthur and Ernest.

William George Lucas 1911 Census © ancestry.co.uk
William George Lucas 1911 Census © ancestry.co.uk

On the 24th of September 1910 William became a Boy 2nd class on the school ship HMS Impregnable. At the time of the 1911 Census, seaboy William was a patient at the Royal Naval Hospital, East Stonehouse, Devon. On the 15th of September 1911, William became a Boy 1st class on the school ship HMS Impregnable. William enrolled into the Royal Navy on the 22nd of December 1912 for a duration of 12 years. His number was regimental number was J.9809.

His occupation is stated to be messenger boy. William had black hair, blue yeas and a ruddy fresh complexion. He had also a tattoo on his left wrist.

On the 22nd of December 1912 William became an Ordinary Seaman on HMS Indomitable and on the 1st of October 1914 an Able Seaman on HMS Shannon.

William George Lucas Royal Navy Register © ancestry.co.uk
William George Lucas Royal Navy Register © ancestry.co.uk

The last ship William was serving on was HMS Sandhurst (Sabrina) from 12th of September 1916 to his death on the 14th of February 1917.

William George Lucas Navy Death Notice © ancestry.co.uk
William George Lucas Navy Death Notice © ancestry.co.uk

Able Seaman William Lucas accidently drowned on the 14th of February 1917. His body was never recovered.

William George Lucas Chatham Naval Memorial Roll of Honour © CWGC.org
William George Lucas Chatham Naval Memorial Roll of Honour © CWGC.org

He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial in Kent on panel reference 21.

William’s parents George and Elizabeth Lucas lived at 1 Regina Cottages, Rushenden Road, Queenborough, Kent and at 35 First Avenue, Queenborough, Kent.

Lucas Family History

William George’s father George Lucas was born in the 2nd quarter of 1872 in Holmwood, Surrey.

William George’s mother Elizabeth Dinah Weller was born in the 4th quarter of 1874 in the Registration District of Eastbourne, Sussex to labourer William Weller and Dinah Weller. Elizabeth Dinah (Colstock) Weller was baptised on the 5th of April 1874 at St Margaret’s church in Chipstead, Surrey. At the time of the baptism, the family lived in Chipstead and William Weller was working as a labourer.

George Lucas and Elizabeth Dinah Weller married in the 4th quarter of 1894 in the Registration District of Eastbourne, Sussex.

William George Lucas had eight siblings of whom seven are known: Hilda E. Lucas born about 1897 in Dorking, Surrey; Arthur F. Lucas born about 1899 in Dorking, Surrey; Ernest A. born about 1901 in Dorking, Surrey; Sydney Lucas born about 1903 in Dorking, Surrey; Archie Lucas born about 1905 in Dorking, Surrey; Nora Lucas born about 1909 in Coulsdon, Surrey and Herbert Lucas born about 1911 in Coulsdon, Surrey.

At the time of the 1911 Census, William George’s family lived at 6 Chipstead Villas, Coulsdon, Surrey. George was working as a coal porter and Elizabeth Dinah was looking after their children: Arthur; Ernest; Sydney; Archie; Nora and baby Herbert. The household further comprised of a lodger, bricklayer’s labourer, Frederick Griswood. The accommodation had three rooms. Elizabeth Dinah Lucas stated that she had given birth to nine children.

Born                       Dorking

Son of                    George and Elizabeth (nee Weller) Lucas

Regiment                 H.M.S. Sandhurst. Royal Navy
Number                   J.9809

Date of Death           14th February 1917
Place of Death          At Sea
Cause of Death        Accidentally Drowned

Age                         22

Memorial                 Chatham Naval Memorial. Panel 21