Photograph courtesy of Jan
Born: 30th August 1869, Ipswich.
Died: 13th June 1916, 396; age 46; Died – Tuberculosis of the Lungs & Heart Failure. Spring Road, Ipswich. At his home of 396, Spring Road, Ipswich with his widow, Eliza.
Rank: Leading Seaman; Service Number: SD 10
Regiment: Royal Naval Reserves, Mariner Merchant Service, No. 1603, ‘Croxby’ former Trawler.
Ipswich Old Cemetery,
1871 Cook’s Yard, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.
Ezekiel was a year old and living with his parents & brothers.
James Button, 28, a Mariner.
Ann Button, 27, a Dress Maker – own account.
Henry James Button, 6, born Ipswich.
Edwin John Button, 4, born Ipswich.
1881 Cavendish Street, Ipswich.
Ezekiel was 12 years old a scholar and living with his mother & siblings.
Harriet Anne Button, 9, born Ipswich.
Grace Louise Button, 8, born Ipswich.
George William Button, 1, born Ipswich.
Charles Dalby, 51, a Labourer, born Gravesend.
& his wife Annabelle Dalby, 49, born Ipswich.
1891 ‘Cognac Packet’ River Wear, Sunderland, Durham.
Ezekiel was 21 years old, he was married and an Able Seaman on the ‘Cognac Packet’. His father James Button was the Master.
5 other members of the crew.
1901 30, Albion Place, Ipswich.
Ezekiel was 31 years old, a Waterman on Barge – own account. He was married & Head of the Household.
Annie, 7, born Ipswich.
Grace Louise Button, 5, born Ipswich.
Florence Amelia Button, 3, born Ipswich.
Lily May Button, 1, born Ipswich.
1911 65, Waterworks Street, Ipswich.
Ezekiel was 42 years old a Seaman. He was living with his family.
John, 21, a Milkman.
James, 15, a Milkman.
Annie, 17, a Machinist.
Grace, 15, a Machinist.
Elizabeth Charlotte Button, 9, born Ipswich.
Ezekiel Charles Button, 6, born Ipswich.
David George Button, 4, born Ipswich.
Nellie Violet Button, 1, born Ipswich.
The Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) is the volunteer reserve force of the Royal Navy (RN). Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR), a reserve of civilian volunteers founded in 1903.formed a vital reserve made up of formally retired Royal Navy, merchant navy and experience seafarers who were trained to support in a combatant roll.
A FAMILY NOTE:
“Ezekiel was my great grandfather. My grandmother recalled him bringing a live bear home one day after a sea trip as he had won it in a card game…his wife wouldn’t let it in the house. My mother recalls visiting him when he was at Spring road as it was a sweet shop. Fascinating that you have been able to find a photo. His father was the master of the cognac packet ship which at one time was the oldest ship afloat as it was in service for nearly 100 years. Nigel Buck”