Photograph courtesy of Jan & Jon

Born: 30th August 1869, Ipswich.

Died: 13th June 1916, age 46; Died – Tuberculosis of the Lungs & Heart Failure. At his home of 396, Spring Road, Ipswich with Eliza at his bedside.

Residence: Sweet Shop, 396, Spring Road, Ipswich.


Confirmed in Rating – 14th April 1915.

Despatch from Ipswich Port 16th April 1915 to -Destination ‘Pembroke’ – 16th April 1915.

Hired Trawler ‘Elmira’ – 21st October 1915

Hired Trawler  ‘Croxby’ – 21st October 1915

‘Actaeon’ – 22nd October 1915

Hired Trawler ‘Croxby.’

Invalided to his home 396, Spring Road, Ipswich – 3rd March 1916.

Character and Conduct – Very Good.

Rank: Leading Deck Hand; Service Number: SD 10.

Regiment: Royal Naval Reserves, Mariner Merchant Service, No. 1603, Hired Trawler ‘Croxby.’


Grave Reference:  

Ipswich Old Cemetery,




1871   Cook’s Yard, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

Ezekiel was a year old and living with his parents & brothers.

James Collingham Mullett Button, 28, a Mariner, born Ipswich.

Ann Button (nee Spurling), 27, a Dress Maker – own account, born Ipswich.

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.

Ann, 38.

John, 13.

Harriet Anne Button, 9, born Ipswich.

Grace Louise Button, 8, born Ipswich.

George William Button, 1, born Ipswich.

2 Lodgers.

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.

Eliza, 32.

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.

Elizabeth, 43.

John, 21, a Milkman.

James, 15, a Milkman.

Annie, 17, a Machinist.

Grace, 15, a Machinist.

Florence, 13.

Lily, 11.

Elizabeth Charlotte Button, 9, born Ipswich.

Ezekiel Charles Button, 6, born Ipswich.

David George Button, 4, born Ipswich.

Nellie Violet Button, 1, born Ipswich.

Ezekiel’s mother, Ann Button died 1914, Ipswich. His father James Collingham Mullett Button died June 1915, of Panama House, Upper Abbey Road, Beledere, Kent.

Photo taken onboard a merchant ship, picking up coal at Sunderland dock. Ezekiel seated on the deck, centre.

In 1889, Ipswich, Ezekiel married Elizabeth Ann Bromley, born November 1868, Ipswich, daughter of David Bromley, an engine fitter at a foundry and Elizabeth Bromley (nee Haggis), of Regent Street, Ipswich.

They had 11 children:

John Charles Button, born August 1889, Ipswich.

James Stanley Button, born February 1891, Ipswich.

Jessie Florence Button, born 1892, Ipswich – died 1893, Ipswich.

Annie Elizabeth Button, born March 1894, Ipswich.

Grace Louise Button, February 1896, Ipswich.

Florence Amelia Button, born February 1898, Ipswich.

Lily May Button, born August 1899, Ipswich.

Elizabeth Charlotte Button, born December 1901, Ipswich.

Ezekiel Charles Button, born March 1905, Ipswich.

David George Button, born November 1906, Ipswich.

Nellie Violet Button, born July 1909, 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.


“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”

On Monday, 28th June 1880, James Button, of Cavendish Street, Ipswich was summond to the Town Hall before the Mayor, D.H. Booth, Esq. (chairman), G.C. Sampson, Esq., and Admiral T.H. Mason, C.B., charged with neglecting to cause his child to be vaccinated.

On the 26th September 1882, James Button, of Cavendish Street, was ordered to send his children to school or face a fine.


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