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Hartlepool seafarers lost at sea

Speedy, Thomas

2nd Officer
86, Westmoreland Street, West Hartlepool

Thomas Speedy was born on 17th August 1861, Cliff Street Whitby . His parents were John (a Jet worker) and Mary (nee Coggin) Speedy. John Speedy was born in Whitby in 1832 and Mary Coggin was born in Robin Hoods Bay c1836. John Speedy and Mary Coggin married in Whitby reg dist. in 1856. John Speedy died on the 27th December 1868 and was buried in Whitby on the 30th December 1868. See information from the Whitby Gazette 2nd January 1869. The Whitby Gazette 31st March 1911 (In Memoriam) records that Mary died 31st March 1910.


In the 1861 Census before Thomas Speedy was born, the family were living at Millers Yard, Whitby and John Speedy was a Jet Ornament Manufacturer.


By 1871 John had died and the family were living at 5 Parliament Street  Bilton with Harrogate . Mary Speedy was shown as a widow and a Jet Manufacturer. Children were William Coggin Speedy 13, Mary Hannah 11, Thomas 9 and John Coggin Speedy 5.  They were all scholars and l born in Whitby .

 In 1881 Thomas Speedy was an able seaman on the Eclipse in South Shields . In the subsequent censuses he must have been at sea as he doesn’t appear. Thomas joined the Merchant Service as an Apprentice on the 26th February 1876. He gained his 2nd Mates Certificate on the 3rd March 1882.


Thomas married Eliza Walker Ayre in Cardiff in the December quarter of 1904.


The 1911 census shows Eliza Walker Speedy  living at 38 Alma Street, South Shields aged 24. There are two children living with her, Mabel, aged 5 born Cardiff , Wales and Dorothy aged 3 born  in Stockton-on-Tees . From Eliza Walker Speedy’s death registration in 1971 she died in Hartlepool and was born on 24th May 1886. 


Thomas and Eliza’s daughter Mabel died in 1914 and their daughter Dorothy married Leslie M. J. Maunder at Christ Church , Hartlepool on the 7th November 1936.


Thomas himself lost his life on 5th Oct 1918 in the Bay of Biscay when SS Heathpark, on which he was 2nd officer, was sunk by submarine  U19 whilst carrying iron ore from Bilbao to Maryport. At the time of his death, his wife Eliza was at 86 Westmoreland Street West Hartlepool.


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