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WOFFINDIN / Woffidin, Longley Evans Martin

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Reference Name LP42541

Conflict Commemorated:WWI

Last Name:WOFFINDIN / Woffidin

First Name:Longley Evans Martin

Date of Birth:16/08/1901

Age At Death:17

Birthplace:Keighley, Yorks. No entry in SDGW

Residence:Great Gonerby

Rank:Cadet Apprentice

Regiment/ Service:Mercantile Marine

Unit: Dalgleish Line

Date of Death:18/08/1918

Cause of Death:Accident

Place of Death:Cardiff

Place of Burial/ Commemoration:Great Gonerby Churchyard

UK Memorials:King's School, Grantham

Next of Kin:Henry Longley Woffidin and Annie Valentine Woffindin (nee Mitchell)

Biographical Notes:His father Henry Longley Woffidin (born Hull June 1874) was the vicar of Keighley and baptised his son on 20/09/1901 at Keighley. His mother Annie Valentine (born 1874 in Cockermouth) died in 1907 in Hull. Henry and Ann married in Cockermouth during Apr-June 1899. At the time of the 1911 census Longley (aged 9) was a boarder with 15 other children at Tanior St Bees, Cumberland. His father moved to the Grantham area in late 1907 and was a curate at Grantham. On 23rd Feb 1909 Henry married Editih Maud McCarthy of Grantham. He then became the vicar of St Sebastian's Great Gonerby in 1917. Longley went to King's School Grantham.

Researcher:Charles Anderson, Roy Steadman

Notes:'Longley Woffidin, a cadet apprentice with the Dalgleish Line, Newcastle upon Tyne (14months in service). On August 17th 1918 whilst returning to his ship in the channel dry dock Cardiff at 2.30am having been on a days leave, on crossing the deck in the dark and not noticing a half open hatch, fell into the hold. The accident happened on his 17th birthday. As a result he died. His funeral took place Thursday 19th August at St Sebastians. His father Henry Longley Woffidin conducted the service, and he is buried in the graveyard. He went to the Kings School Grantham.' Grantham Journal 24/08/1918 "We record with very sincere regret the death of Longley Evans Martin Woffindin, elder son of the Rev. H. Langley Woffindin, Rector of Great Gonerby, the sad event taking place under tragic circumstances, at Cardiff, on Sunday last. A cadet apprentice in the Dalgliesh Line, Newcastle-on-Tyne, the deceased had seen fourteen months service, and had made voyages to India, the United States, and South America. On Wednesday August 14th, he went home on leave for one day only, and returned to his ship on Thursday night. He was due to to arrive at Cardiff about 2.30pm on Friday, and doubtless proceeded at once to Cardiff Dry Dock. It is supposed that he then went across the deck of his ship, and, not noticing in the darkness that the hatch was only half closed, he fell into the hold, a distance of from 30 to 50ft. The unfortunate lad was not found until 6.30 a,m,, when he was quite unconscious. He was taken to the Royal Hamadryad Seaman?s Hospital, Cardiff, where it was found that he had sustained a fracture of the base of the skull and other injuries. His father was wired for, and the gentleman arrived in time to see his son alive. He passed away at 11 p.m. on Sunday. By a sad coincidence, the date of the accident was deceased seventeenth birthday. Cadet Woffindin was educated at the King?s School. Grantham, St. Bec?s, the Seascale Preparatory School, Cumberland, Leatherhead, and the training ship Mercury. He had a great liking for his career, and was very popular on board. He acted as a gun-sighter, Naturally, the distressing news of his death came as a great shock to the parishioners of Great Gonerby, and many friends in Grantham, and the parents have received numerous expressions of sympathy. Following an inquest by the Cardiff City Coroner (Mr. W. L. Yorath), the coroner found that death was due to shock, following a fracture of the skull, caused though accidently falling into a ship?s hold. The funeral took place in Great Gonerby Churchyard, on Thursday afternoon. The coffin containing the body arrived in the village on Wednesday evening, and was conveyed to the church, remaining there until the hour of the funeral. It was covered by the Union Flag, and bore the inscription ? ?Longley Evans Martin Woffindin, asleep August 18th, 1918, aged 17 years. Jesu, mercy.? At 9 a.m. on Thursday, there was a celebration of Holy Communion, and the funeral was at three o?colck. The Rev. H. Woffindin, Vicar of Tulse Hill, and grandfather of the boy officiated. Grantham Journal 24th August 1918

Sources Used:Grantham Journal 24th August 1918

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