Marrow, David

The 1881 census recorded David Marrow Snr and his wife aboard the ‘Emily Millington’ moored at Anglesey. There were 3 crew members,  Mate James Davidson, Able Seaman John Brassington and Ordinary Seaman James Hughes.

Also in 1881 there was a census form completed for 5 Railway Terrace  where  Elizabeth Davison 21 seems to be in charge. The children listed are all named Marrow. E Marrow 11 (female), William 9, Lily Ann 8 and Betsy 6. Was this Martha’s sister looking after the children whilst Martha was at sea with her husband?

David Marrow Jnr first appeared on a census in 1891. He was living at 5 Railway Terrace Connah’s Quay with his mother Martha who was 42 and his sister Bessie who was 16. David was 2. Presumably the father was at sea.

On the 1901 census. David Marrow Snr was aboard the ‘Renown 76153’  which at midnight was at Connah’s Quay, the census having been delivered to the ship at Runcorn on the 28th March 1901.   David Marrow, Snr  would have had chance to get home to 24, Church Street, Connah’s Quay, before the census was taken at his home.  He was in two places at the same time,,,, so to speak!!   David Snr,  53, Martha, 52 and son David, 12 were all at home.

We know from ship’s papers that in 1902, young David was aboard his father’s ship ‘The Renown’. He was listed as a member of the crew  aged 13 and was a ‘cook’.

David Marrow Snr of 24 Church Street Connah’s Quay Flintshire retired Master Mariner died 16th December 1910. Probate St Asaph to John Davison shipper effects £765 Resworn £815  (England and Wales National Probate calendar. Index of Wills and administrations 1858 – 1966) Was John Davison  a relative? Martha was Davison before she became Marrow.

The 1911 census finds Martha a widow of 62 living at 24 Church Street Connah’s Quay. The only other person in the house was David Marrow aged 22 a bar drogger at the sheet mills.  Martha Marrow died in 1915

UK Soldiers who Died in The Great War 1914-19 accessible on  confirms all the regimental details above and adds that David jnr enlisted in Shotton. His medal card also accessible on ancestry, details his medals but also adds that his first Theatre of War was France and he entered it on the 27th September 1915.

David Marrow in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that on the 22nd May 1916 there was a recharge to the Regimental Paymaster of 7/4d. Executors were Joseph Roberts and William Pierce who were paid £6. 4s 9d on the 30th June 1916, his War Gratuity of £5. 10s 0d was paid in a Draft to the above executors on the 4th November 1919.

There is an index card for David Marrow in the Flintshire Roll of Honour at the County Record Office in Hawarden. It was completed by Sarah E  Hutton  It confirms the regimental details and death date above and tells us that he served from August 1914 till his death ‘somewhere in France’ The address is 12 Church Street Connah’s Quay.  On the reverse of the card is written ‘I am his eldest sister and by his ‘will’ his next of kin.’

Lillian had another Uncle who was killed in the war. He was Herbert Foulkes who has his own page on this website.

Learn more about the other soldiers on the Connahs Quay and Shotton War Memorial

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