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Louis Anthony KENNEDY b 1878, lost at sea?
« on: Saturday 12 December 15 12:55 GMT (UK) »
I'm starting this in the Common Room because it doesn't really fit anywhere else ???

I've got DoB and Christening for Louis Anthony Kennedy and two census returns with his family.  From Merchant Navy Apprentice registers he seems to have been indentured to Jackson, Metcalf and Co who owned the Loweswater.  It marks him as drowned 21.12.94

There is a newspaper entry from the Liverpool Mercury 31 December 1894 including Louis Anthony as one of three apprentices among the crew of the Loweswater.

My query is there appears to be no death certificate in England and Wales, who declares the boy dead?  The boat went down in the Irish Sea and its remains were not found until 1939.
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Re: Louis Anthony KENNEDY b 1878, lost at sea?
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 12 December 15 13:12 GMT (UK) »
Births, marriages and deaths on Royal Navy ships were recorded by the GRO separately from terrestrial records.  They are amongst their Overseas Events records.  See here for the National Archives Guide:

www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/birth-marriage-death-sea-or-abroad

His presumed (at the time) death aged 16 on 21.12.1894 is indexed in these records.  Supposed drowned; vessel supposed lost.  You can see the entry for yourself on Findmypast (pay site), which has it in their record set entitled Deaths at Sea, 1781-1968.
Ayr: Barnes, Wylie
Caithness: MacGregor
Essex: Eldred (Pebmarsh)
Gloucs: Timbrell (Winchcomb)
Hants: Stares (Wickham)
Lincs: Maw, Jackson (Epworth, Belton)
London: Pierce
Suffolk: Markham (Framlingham)
Surrey: Gosling (Richmond)
Wilts: Matthews, Tarrant (Calne, Preshute)
Worcs: Milward (Redditch)
Yorks: Beaumont, Crook, Moore, Styring (Huddersfield); Middleton (Church Fenton); Exley, Gelder (High Hoyland); Barnes, Birchinall (Sheffield); Kenyon, Wood (Cumberworth/Denby Dale)