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John Edward FULLMAN






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7 Nov 1864, Birling, Kent (D/1864, Malling, 2a, 418) (GRO)

bapt  1 Jan 1865 Birling, Kent (IGI)

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25 Dec 1892 All Saints, Birling (FindMyPast)

(D/1892, Malling, 2a, 1132) (FreeBMD)

spouse  Kate Elizabeth BARNES 

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1904 aged 39 (J/1904, Malling, 2a, 383) (FreeBMD)

buried 29 Jun1904 Snodland Cemetery (FindMyPast) 


1871 census Catherine's Bank, Birling, Kent

1881 census Birling, Kent click for transcript

1891 census 4, Willard Cottages, Swanscombe, Dartford, Kent

25 Dec 1892 St Catherines Bank, Birling (FindMyPast)

6 Sep 1896 Snodland, Kent (PR)

1901 census Ham Hill; Bull Field, Snodland, Birling, Kent

Jun 1904 Constitution Hill (FindMyPast)


1871 census Scholar 

1881 census Engine Driver 

1883 - 1889 Leading Stoker RN No 123643 

1891 census Cement labourer 

25 Dec 1892 Labourer

1896 Labourer (PR)

1901 census Limeburner

Jun 1904 Labourer (FindMyPast)

Other information

John Edward's marriage was witnessed by William James FULLMAN (elder brother of the groom) and Florence Amy BARNES (younger sister of the bride) (FindMyPast)

When John signed up for 10 years with the Royal Navy on19 Jun 1883, he had black hair, hazel eyes, a fresh complexion and was 5' 7" tall with no distinguishing marks. During his time in the Navy, he  served on vessels called Penelope, Tyne, Alecto, Asia and Wildfire. For some reason, he chose to buy himself out for the sum of £12 on 13 Nov 1889. View his Service Record.

John completed his training was trained at HMS Pembroke which, together with St. George's Church, is now part of the University of Greenwich and Chatham Maritime. The photo shows the saluting steps with Grenville barracks on the left and Anson barracks on the right. 

Every Sunday all personnel would assemble for Church Parade. They would enter the parade ground through a decorative brick arch to the left of the saluting base. The sailors and Wrens would march past the centre steps with PO's and Master at Arms ensuring the lines were straight. Once past the saluting platform a right turn would take them into the drill shed where they would fall out and return to barracks. 

According to the HMS Penelope association, the ship that John served on between 4 Jun 1884 and 4 Aug 1884 was the sixth R.N. Penelope, launched in 1867 at Pembroke a 4,470-ton corvette, and was the Navy's first Ironclad of any size to be fitted with twin screws. In 1897 she was used as a floating naval prison in Simonstown. She was sold in 1912.

John would have served on the fourth HMS Tyne between 28 Jan 1885 and 12 May 1887. According to Wikipedia, this vessel was launched in 1878 as SS Mariotis, and was used as a troop ship. She was finally sunk in 1920.

John's last ship on which he served from 1 Jun 1889 to 25 Nov 1889 was HMS Wildfire. This vessel was originally the Steam Yacht Tender Hiawatha, 453 tons, 162ft x 18.5ft x 18.5ft. Built in Leith. She was Renamed HMS Wildfire in 1888 and commissioned by the Navy for harbour service at Sheerness. In 1889 she was commissioned as the Flagship to Commander-in-Chief The Nore to replace HMS Duncan. The ship was renamed HMS Undine in January 1907 and sold 9 Jul 1912.

HMS Wildfire
No information found as yet on HMS Alecto or HMS Asia.

This page last updated 02 July 2015


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