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Henry George Chesterton

Rank: Deck hand
Street: 58 Davis Street
Town/Village: Wallsend, Northumberland, UK
Civil Parish:
Catholic Parish:
Alternative Address: Great Water Street, Longford
Census 1901:
Census 1911: Resident at Spout Lane, Washington, Durham, U.K. with wife and children.
Regiment/Unit: HM Trawler Glatian, Royal Naval Reserve
Regiment Number: 9387
Date of Death: 11-03-1917
Cause: Disease, Royal Navy Sick Quarters, Invergordon, Scotland
Memorial: Wallsend Cemetery, Church Bank, Wallsend-on-Tyne, Northumberland, U.K.

Henry George was born on Great Water Street, Longford on 16 January 1868, the son of Henry Chesterton a Staff Sergeant in the Royal Longford Militia. Three of Henry's siblings were born in Longford between 1864 and 1869, although unfortunately they also died here in that time frame as young children.  The family had moved to England by 1871 as they appear in the census of that year. 

Henry married to Mary Lennon c.1902 and they had five children together. Prior to the war Henry was working as as a coalminer and stonemason. 

During the Great War, Chesterton initially served on board the HMT Thalia, and later the Glatian*, a trawler hired by the Royal Navy in 1914 and acted as a minesweeper, keeping the Rivers Tyne and Tees clear. 

Parents Names: Son of Henry Chesterton and Honora (née O'Brien), Co.Durham, U.K.
Notes: *The Glatian was a relatively new trawler, having been built in 1913. It also saw service in WW2.

Link to CWGC entrylink to Civil Record of birth; article from the News Guardian May 2016; list of requestioned WW1 vessels

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