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Em(m)erson Heron Smith
michael smith
I am following on from research into the above named from previous search by my daughter Amanda Smith on 11.07.2011. Emerson Heron Smith my great grandfather was a seaman R N on H M Ship Donegal on 19 Oct 1865 when his son James Emerson was born in Maryport Cumberland as shown on James birth cert. From your e-mail to Amanda on 11.07.2011 Emerson was nominated to C G service on 30 May 1857. It appears Emerson would have been posted to Ireland as his daughter Lucy was born in Dublin. Prior to that he may have been in Sligo as he married Ann Ellis who was the Daughter of Francis Ellis a CG . Ann was born in 1839 in Mullaghmore.
Would it be possible to trace Emersons's CG career as sugested to my daughter.

Thank you
Michael Smith
m smith
Welcome to the Forum Michael.

It is possible to trace a Coastguards career during this period using the CG Establishment Books available as free downloads from the National Archives.

As you say EH Smith was nominated to the CG Service from HMS Winchester, with a first posting to Littlestones, Folkstone (ADM 175/7 pdf 152). From here he made the following moves:

2 Dec 1857 to Tower 24 (175/7 152)
6 Aug 1861 to Whitehaven (175/7 146)
12 May 1863 to Maryport following promotion to Comm Btn.(175/8 168).
3 Sept 1866 to Nannywater (Laytown) (175/8 165)

The Record keeping changes after this period, and it is necessary to consult the Ships Establishment Books. You should note that HMS Donegal was used for administrative purposes, but he still worked at a land-based CG Station.

1 July 1869 to Ringsend (175/41 120)
15 Oct 1869 pensioned medically unfit (175/41 143)

Returning to his prior RN service. When he was on HMS Winchester he qualified for both the 1854 Indian General Service Medal with Pegu clasp, and the 2nd China War Medal. According to the info I have he was discharged to HMS Victory on 14 May 1857.

You might also like to know that he looks to have had a Merchant Seamans Ticket (314,762). It should have been possible to view this on the Find my Past website, but I can only find an index ref. not the actual ticket details. No doubt you have already downloaded his Continuous Service Record from the NA?

Edited by crimea1854 on 22/01/2013 10:14
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