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john kelly boatswain

Posted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 2:52 pm
by cathy52
trying to find out what ship john kelly born 1921 27th april glasgow he died 1970 oct 21st in dunoon on his death cert it says he was a boatswain, would love to find out his details of all the ships he worked on . regards catherine kelly.

Re: john kelly boatswain

Posted: Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:54 am
by Currie
Hello Cathy,

Here's some National Archives info about researching merchant seamen. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/reco ... er1917.htm

This appears to be the record for your fellow. http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.u ... r/C8281016

Hope that helps,
Alan

Re: john kelly boatswain

Posted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 11:17 am
by cathy52
thank you so much currie for your information very much appreciated. [cheers]

Re: john kelly boatswain

Posted: Sat Oct 04, 2014 3:47 pm
by Hugh MacLean
Hello Cathy,
The file linked by Alan in BT 372 would be his Seaman's Pouch, some contain a lot of information, others very little but usually there is a photo, albeit a mugshot, of the seaman.
If he served during WW2 then the file you really need is his CRS 10 which is his service record from Jan 1941 and if it has survived should be held at Kew in BT 382/931.

Re: john kelly boatswain

Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 2:36 pm
by cathy52
hi curry thanks for your info i recieved john kelly,s papers and there was two photo,s of him.i was so surprised to see the photo,s its great to put a face to a name as i have been looking for john for so long.and thankyou hugh for your info i will check out to see if john was in the ww2 its great finding out about his life. regards catherine :D

Re: john kelly boatswain

Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 2:43 pm
by cathy52
forgot to say i have names of ships he served on they are otterburn date of discharge 1963- it says ship now joining mnea-and there is another ship called llandovery castle.