Daniel Edwards
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Daniel Edwards Service Record
Ship
Rank
From
To
 
 
 
 
Superb
Boy 2cl
2 Feby 47
20 Nov 48
Sparrow
Boy 1cl
29 Nov 48
24 Jan 52
Rodney
AB
8 Apr 52
30 Jan 56
Hastings
AB
31 Jan 56
12 May 56
Hogue
AB
31 May 56
28 Feb 58
Nile
LS
1 Mar 58
9 Mar 59
Doris
LS
10 Mar 59
27 Dec 62
Alecto
Bsn's Mate
28 Dec 62
17 Mar 65
Hastings
Ch. Bosn's Mate
18 Mar 65
18 May 66
Black Prince
Ch. Bosn's Mate
19 May 66
30 Jun 67
Mersey
Ch. Bosn's Mate
1 Jul 67
27 Aug 69
Royal Adelaide
Ch. Bosn's Mate
28 Aug 69
21 Jun 70


Crimea 1854-56, 1 clasp, Sebastopol (A.B.),
officially impressed naming; Royal Navy L.S.
& G.C., V.R., wide suspension (Chf. Boatsns.
Mate, H.M.S. Rl. Adelaide, 20 Yrs.)

Daniel Edwards was born at Ramsgate, Kent
in April 1832. He appears in the 1841 census
on the Isle of Thanet in Kent along with his
parents; Daniel an agricultural laborer, his
mother Johanna and 6 siblings. At the time,
the oldest of the 7 children was 10!

His father died in 1847 a few months
after Daniel entered the RN, so possibly
some small comfort for his widowed mother
was that Daniel  was one less
mouth to feed.

Daniel entered the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd
Class aboard H.M.S. Superb in February
1847. An Able Seaman by the time of
joining the Rodney in April 1852, he went
on to witness active service in the Crimea
War, including the Sebastopol operations.
He was one of the 20 men from the ship that
were part of the Naval Brigade serving at
4 & 5 Batteries above Balaclava.

Much of his service was with ships stationed
near home and when he appears in the 1861
census aboard HMS Doris he is identified
as being married. In the 1861 census his
mother appears with her new husband and
a 23 year old daughter-in -law Elisabeth
Edwards is shown as part of the household.
I can speculate that this is Daniel's wife.

Edwards became a Chief Boatswain’s Mate in
September 1864 and received his L.S. & G.C.
Medal in July 1870, when he was pensioned
ashore.
Provenance:

DNW June 2002
DNW Sept. 2015