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Hartlepool seafarers lost at sea

Duncan, Lionel

Faversham Rd Middlesbrough. Widow at The Hutments, Seaton Carew

Lionel Duncan was born in 1889 and his birth was registered June Qtr 1889, in Middlesbrough . Lionel was a son of Charles William Duncan and Dorothy Lyon who had married in Middlesbrough in 1886.

 On the 1891 Census the family were at  17 Graham Street , Middlesbrough. Charles W Duncan was 23 and a Master Mariner born in Middlesbrough, Dorothy his wife was the same age and also a native of Middlesbrough. Lionel was 12 and had a 14 year old brother Charles and again both were Middlesbrough born.

 In 1901 they were at 41 Feversham Street, Middlesbrough, father must have been at sea and in addition to Charles and Lionel were William at 9 and Ada, 2.

  By the 1911 Census Charles senior was a widow and tugboat owner at 65 Douglas Terrace, Middlesbrough. William was a 19 year old clerk and Lionel was possibly at sea.

  Lionel Duncan married Tabitha May Shutt in 1913 in Middlesbrough . Tabitha was born c1890 in Middlesbrough and died in 1958 in Middlesbrough . Lionel and Tabitha had the following children. Charles W Duncan birth and death registered December qtr 1913 Middlesbrough . Lionel C Duncan birth and death registered September qtr 1914 Middlesbrough, Arthur and William C Duncan (twins) births registered September qtr 1915 Middlesbrough, Arthur Duncan death registered September qtr 1915 age 0 Middlesbrough and also December qtr 1915 age 0 Middlesbrough and Dorothy L Duncan birth registered March qtr 1917 Middlesbrough.

 Lionel Duncan died 31st January 1917 when the Tug Ida Duncan of which he was Master, was mined in the Tees Bay . Lionel’s address from the Deaths at Sea records was given as 30 High Faversham Street , Middlesbrough . Lionel’s father Charles William also lost another son on the Ida Duncan. He was Charles Chrystal Duncan aged 30 an Engineer. Charles’ wife was Beatrice Duncan (nee Hill) of 1043 Clarendon Road , Middlesbrough . Charles William Duncan was the owner of the Ida Duncan.

 Tabitha May Duncan went on to marry Edward Charlton in Middlesbrough in 1920. Tabitha and Edward Charlton had further children, some born in Seaton Carew when their address was The Hutments Seaton Carew. (These were literally a large collection of unsanitary huts close to the sand dunes)

 Although Lionel Duncan does not have a direct connection to Hartlepool, we can possibly assume that his widow Tabitha was living at The Hutments when post war records and medal lists were made.