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.


Rank: Leading Seaman; Service Number: SD 10

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


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.


In 1889, Ipswich, Ezekiel married Elizabeth Ann Bromley, born 1869, Ipswich. They had 11 children.

John Charles Button, born 1899, Ipswich.

James Stanley Button, born 1891, Ipswich.

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

Annie Elizabeth Button, born 1894, Ipswich.

Grace Louise Button, born 1896, Ipswich.

Florence Amelia Button, born 1898, Ipswich.

Lily May Button, born 1899, Ipswich.

Elizabeth Charlotte Button, born 1902, Ipswich.

Ezekiel Charles Button, born 1905, Ipswich.

David George Button, born 1907, Ipswich.

Nellie Violet Button, born 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”


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