William George Locock 1852 - 1887

Born on 27 April 1852 at 8h30m AM at Church street, All Saints, Dorchester, William George was the first child of Catherine Locock, formerly Williams, and William Locock, ostler, born 7 months after their marriage.

His younger sisters and brother were born in Cornwall. Sarah Ann was born in Q1 1854 in St German Registration district, Elizabeth Jane Q2 1856 in St Austell, John Q2 1858 in St Austell and Clara Q2 1860 in St Austell.

When he was 9, William’s father died on 31 March 1861 at Kiln Street, St Austell. In the following month, the family were still at the same address in the 1861 Census.

The next time we have found them is back in Dorset at Bridport in 1866, where William volunteered for the Royal Navy and his mother gave her consent (with her mark) on his application form on 16 April 1866. William’s date of birth was given as 12 Oct 1851, indicating that he was really over 6 months too young to enlist. William joined HMS Impregnable on 5 May 1866, List No.15 No.3124 Boy 2nd Class, Weight 91 lbs. Height 4′ 10”. Hair Lt Brown. Eyes Hazel. Complexion Fresh.

When he reached the age of 18 (according to his Naval Records) William signed on for 10 years, CS No. 37081A dated 12 Oct 1869. This was extended for a further 10 years on 12 Oct 1879 when his number became 47499, when the record shows his Height as five foot six and a half inches, Hair light brown, Complexion fresh, Eyes hazel, Marks nil, Trade none. The Ships on which he served are shown in documents at The National Archives at Kew, ADM188/17 and ADM139/771.

He was at HMS Excellent, a shore based training ship at Portsmouth, from 3 Sep 1873 to 5 Feb 1874.

On 22 Sep 1873, he married at the Parish Church of Beaminster, Dorset (less than 10 miles from Bridport).

William George Locock, full age, Batchelor, Seaman in HM Ship Excellent, Beaminster, father William Locock, Ostler married Sarah Jane Williams, full age, Spinster, - , Beaminster, father George Williams, Carpenter. In the presence of Elizabeth Williams, Benjamin John Williams (sister & brother of Sarah Jane)

Their first child, William George Williams Locock was born on 4 Nov 1878, and baptised at St Mary’s Portsea on 22 Dec 1878, abode 14 Clarendon Place, Portsea. He died at the age of 2 and was buried in Kingston Cemetery, Portsea on 20 Jan 1881.

From May 1882 until August 1884, William was a Coastguard Boatman on HMS Belleisle, at Kilmore Coastguard Station on the Southeast coast of Ireland.

Their second child, Ethel Louise Locock was born there on 3 Oct 1883 and baptised on 28 Oct 1883 in the Church of Kilturk in the Parish of Tomhaggard in the County of Wexford.

In August 1884, they returned to England. From 27 Aug 1884 until 9 Apr 1886, William was on HMS Hector at Woolston Coastguard Station (at mouth of River Itchen, Southampton). May Philadelphia Locock was born at Woolston in Q3 1885.

William was Shore Invalided on 9 April 1886, and received Pension from 19 April.

He died at Boro Asylum, Milton, Portsea on 24 Jan 1887. His Death Certificate shows his age as 35, Naval Pensioner of Portsea, cause of death General Paralysis, informant Sarah J Locock, widow of deceased, in attendance at death, residence Lumps Cottages, Eastney.

William was buried on 29 January 1887 at Highland Road Burial Ground, Portsea, ( Area J, Row 20, Grave 23 ) leaving his widow with two daughters aged 3 and1.

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