William Henry Luxton
Egypt 1882-89, dated, no clasp (W. Luxton. Yeo: Sig: H.M.S. "Achilles".)
Born at Stoke Damerel in Devon on 23rd June, 1849, William Henry Luxton
signed up for 10 years of service on 23 June 1867. His Service Record however
begins on
Northumberland in January 1873 where he shows up as a Signalman
2nd class. He was promoted to Signalman in November of the same year and then
to Yeoman of Signals in August, 1877. He served on
HMS Achilles from
September 1880 until August 1884 and was discharged to shore in August 1887.

William was the son of Robert, a Navy Dockyard Labourer and Elizabeth
(Morgan). At the time of the census in 1861, he is shown to be living with his
parents and his younger sister Elizabeth. Ten years later he is shown in the Naval
Census at Devon.

In March 1886, he married Elizabeth Ann Deans who was 14 years his junior in
East Stonehouse Devon and in the 1891 census he is shown as a Naval Pensioner
found to be living in East Stonehouse with his wife  and their two sons William
Robert and Ernest Henry. 10 years later, he is shown as a civil servant
(signalman) residing in the same house and he has an additional two children a
daughter Elizabeth and another son named William (8). His elder son William
would have been 13 and I suspect he may have died young and the couple decided
to name the next son William. In the 1911 census he is listed as a naval pensioner
and widower living with his Brother in Law and family at 232 Beaumont Road
Plymouth.

Luxton died in East Stonehouse in the second quarter of 1914.


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HMS Achilles

When she was launched in 1863 at the Royal Dockyard,
Chatham, the Ironclad Achilles was described as the
largest ship in the world.

HMS Achilles 1863

"This is, or soon will be, the Achilles, iron armour-plated
ship. Twelve hundred men are working at her now; twelve
hundred men working on stages over her sides, over her
bows, over her stern, under her keel, between her decks,
down in her hold, within her and without, crawling and
creeping into the finest curves of her lines wherever it is
possible for men to twist. Twelve hundred hammerers,
measurers, caulkers, armourers, forgers, smiths,
shipwrights, twelve hundred dingers, clashers, dongers,
rattlers, clonkers, bangers, bangers, bangers!"
Charles Dickens, The Uncommercial Traveller, 1863
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