Born: 1st November 1877, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire.

Died: 26th November 1914; age 39; Killed by internal explosion of vessel off Sheerness Harbour.

Residence: 20, St. George’s Street, Ipswich.


Rank: Leading Seaman; Service Number: 170576.

Regiment: Royal Navy (RFR/PO/B/1879) H.M.S. ‘Bulwark’.


Memorial Reference:


Portsmouth Naval Memorial,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William & Elizabeth Casbolt, of Broxbourne, Hertfordshire.




1881   ‘White Bear’ Broxbourne Street, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire.


William was 5 years old and living with his parents & sisters at the home of their widowed, maternal grandmother.

Martha Bailey, 79, a Licensed Victualler, born Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.

William Casbolt, 35, a Bricklayer, born Balsham, Cambridgeshire.

Ann Elizabeth Casbolt (nee Bailey), 38, born St. George Martyr, Warwickshire.

Elizabeth Martha Casbolt, 7, born Broxbourne.

Emily Jane Casbolt, 2, born Broxbourne.

Florence Mary Casbolt, 1, born Broxbourne.


1891   Spinhead off Binstead, Isle of Wight.


William was 15 years old, he was training for the Royal Navy on board the ‘Mercury’ Training Ship.  107 men & boys were on board.


1911   1, Rose Cottage, Stoke Fields, Guildford, Surrey.


William was 35 years old, a Tyre Fitter – Motor Car Manufacturer. He was boarding at the home of 34 year old, Engineer’s Fitter – Motor Car Manufacturer – Albert Charles Hazeldon and his family.


Probate to Elizabeth Martha Casbolt – sister, of White Bear Inn, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire.


William is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Augustine’s Church, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire.

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