One of the postcards of Framlingham I have recently acquired for my collection is entitled:
From A Friend at Framlingham – IN GLAD Remembrance we call to mind our FRIENDS. (Tennyson)
It is dated 22nd January 1917 and addressed to:
Ordinary Seaman W.W.BALDWIN
And the message is from London House in Framlingham
Kindest Regards & Best Wishes from G PETTITT
With the WW1 connection I wondered if I could discover anything else about the mysyerious W.W.BALDWIN and discovered his name in the Royal Navy Register of Seaman’s Services.
Ancestry: The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Royal Navy Registers of Seamen’s Services; Class: ADM 188; Piece: 760
His full name is William Walter BALDWIN and he was born on the 9th August 1894 in Framlingham in Suffolk and he first served with the Royal Navy on 16th August 1916 on the ship Pembroke 1 and his last service date is given as May 1919 on the Ship Greenwich.
This record shows all the Ships he served on, including H.M.S Beaver which is mentioned on the postcard in January 1917.
She was ordered under the 1910-11 shipbuilding programme from Parsons, with construction subcontracted to William Denny & Brothers of Dumbarton. Beaver was laid down on 18th October 1910, was launched on 6th October 1911 and commissioned in November 1912. She and her sister-ship Badger were completed with geared steam turbines for evaluation purposes and were known as “Parsons Specials”.
Beaver served with the First Destroyer Flotilla from 1911. She was stranded at Great Yarmouth in December 1912, but was not badly damaged. With her flotilla, she joined the British Grand Fleet in 1914 on the outbreak of the First World War.
She was present on 28th August 1914 at the Battle of Heligoland Bight, detached from the First Destroyer Flotilla along with Jackal, Badger and Sandfly. She shared in the prize money for the engagement.
During the War, the Canadian John Moreau Grant (later the first commanding officer of HMCS Royal Roads) served in Beaver, eventually becoming her first lieutenant. Beaver was employed in patrolling the English Channel as far as the Hook of Holland, and escorted hospital ships to and from France. Grant’s oral testimony reports an action against an unknown submarine during this period.
I have then found that William Walter BALDWIN married Ada G RICHES in the January quarter of 1922 in the Hartismere Registration District in Suffolk and they had at least three children Gordon W BALDWIN in 1922, Charlotte E BALDWIN in 1924 and John W C BALDWIN in 1936.
I now plan to track William in the 1901 and 1911 census records to discover more about his parents and siblings and possibly to track down G PETTITT, so I will keep you all updated with what I find.