1. Grave:Liverpool (Anfield) CemeteryCE13 896

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Early Life :

The majority of this legend is courtesy of Geoff Cuthill of the Province of West Lancashire, to whom the project is grateful.

John was born on 22nd June, 1873 to John and Isabella Chard (nee Johnston), and baptised at Emmanuel Church, West Derby Road, Everton. His father is given as a Draughtsman, the family residing at 43 Chapel Place, off Erskine Street. The previous census of 1871 shows the family lodging at 10 Clarke Street, which was situated off Upper Hill Street, and running into Chester Street, near to St James Place. This census shows John and Isabella with 7 month old Emily Maud. Another child Amy Isabella was born in 1876

By the time of the next census in 1881 the family have moved to 15 Lynedoch Street, West Derby Road, and besides parent’s John and Isabella, shows John age 7, and Alexander Malcolm, age 8 month. Mother, Isabella Chard is shown as born in Scotland age 33. In 1882 Ernest James Chard, a younger sibling is born.

John took up a career in the mercantile marine his first voyage, as a boy, aboard the Galatea (official number of ship 87407) registered at Greenock, Scotland. The voyage lasted from 31 October 1890 until 31 August 1891 and obtained his certificate of competency (030224) as Second Mate (Square Rigged) on foreign going ships at Liverpool on 19 March 1896. He had previously had just over four years experience at sea, all but 2 month on sailing ships. His address at this date is given as 104 Sandstone Road, Green Lane, Liverpool. His physical description is given as 5 foot 7 inch in height, dark complexion with black hair and brown eyes. It is noted that he is tattooed on both hands, with a later document saying it is a star tattooed on right hand.

He had married on 7 September 1898 at St Chrysostom Church, Queens Road, Everton. He was described as a 25 year old bachelor, a mariner the son of John Chard, Gentleman. His spouse, Marie Annie Auty King is 26, spinster, and daughter of Robert Thomas King, a compositor. The bride and groom both give their address as 88 Auby Street at the time of marriage. They would produce four daughters, Emily Isobel born 1900, Dorothy Mary 1903, Gertrude Auty 1908 and Mabel Irene 1909.

He obtains his Masters certificate on 6 October 1900, showing his address at the King household, 88 Aubrey Street, Everton. This was after a total service at sea of 10 year 2 Month and 25 days, the last 8 month aboard the steamship Salfordia of the Manchester and Salford Steamship Company Limited.

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Action : Natural Causes 

Natural causes is attributed those deaths due to causes that were not directly associated with the war. Included in this are wartime deaths resulting from, for example, theSpanish Influenza pandemic and its associated pneumonia problems and other attributions such as age and exhaustion. It also groups those who through Post Traumatic Stress committed suicide as a result of their experiences.

Detail :

John William Chard died on 1 May 1915, age 43 years of acute pneumonia at home, 74 Maiden Lane, Clubmoor.
Just prior to his death of John, the family had suffered another bereavement with the death at sea of his youngest brother, Ernest James Chard age 31. Ernest was aboard the SS Aguila of the Yeoward Line as a Second Steward when she was torpedoed on 27 March 1915.

Obituaries for both being placed in the local newspaper the Liverpool Echo on Tuesday 5 May 1915. It has; CHARD March 27 at sea, lost in the sinking of the ss Aguila (torpedoed) aged 33 years. Ernest James Chard youngest and beloved son of John and Isabella Chard, late of Stoneycroft. CHARD May 1, at 74 Maiden Lane, Clubmoor, of acute pneumonia aged 43 years, John William Chard, master mariner, the beloved husband of Anty (sic) Chard. Interment at Anfield Cemetery Thursday next at 11.30 a.m. (Friends please accept this, the only intimation.)

John was laid to rest at Anfield Cemetery in Section CE 13 plot 896. Also buried here are his wife Auty, died 22 April 1969 age 96, his father in law R.T King died 1924 and mother in law 1929.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Marlborough No. 1620 E.C.West Lancashire

2nd March 1914
6th April 1914
4th May 1914

John William Chard was initiated into Marlborough Lodge No 1620 on 2nd March, 1914 (along with Sergeant William James Shaw, K.L.R.), who would also lose his life in WW1) He was described as being a Master Mariner, age 40 years residing Liverpool. He was passed to the Second Degree with William J Shaw on 6 April, and both raised to the Third Degree on 4 May, with his Grand Lodge Certificate issued on 11 May 1914, while Shaw is recorded as issued on 14 May.

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