Mr John Richard Norgrove “Jack”

13 Sep 1850 - 4 May 1938

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Mr John Richard Norgrove “Jack”

13 Sep 1850 - 4 May 1938
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The burial record of Mr John Richard Norgrove “Jack”. Cemetery: Plymouth (Ford Park) Cemetery, Location: Plymouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom. Birth: 13 Sep 1850, Death: 4 May 1938.

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Mr John Richard Norgrove “Jack”

Married: 27 Dec 1875

Plymouth (Ford Park) Cemetery

Ford Park Road
Plymouth, Devon, England
United Kingdom

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John Richard Norgrove 1850-1939

Contributor: next2normal Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

John Richard Norgrove 1850-1939




        1.  John Richard Norgrove, born 13 Sep 1850 in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England.; died 04 May 1938 in Plymouth, Devon..  He was the son of 2. William Norgrove and 3. Mary Anna Marsh.  He married (1) Esther Eley 27 Dec 1875 in Marriage solemnized at the Register Office, in the District of Plymouth in the County of Devon..  She was born 25 Jun 1852 in Hill St, Derby., and died 24 Apr 1928 in Plymouth, Devon. 5b 322.  She was the daughter of Emanuel Eley and Hannah Wade.


Notes for John Richard Norgrove:


Census Returns.

1851 Son Pembroke St, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.

1861 Son 6 Rush Grove, Woolwich Kent.

1871 Royal Marines Barracks, East Stonehouse, Plymouth, Devon. occupation drummer.

1881 Royal Marines Barracks, East Stonehouse, Plymouth, Devon. occupation Corporal Royal Marines.

1891 Head age 41 4 Barrack place East Stonehouse, Plymouth, Devon. occupation Royal Marines retired porter.

1901 Head age 51 years Address 12 Leddingham terrace, Plymouth,. Devon occupation Royal Marines retired Porter.

1911 Head age 62, Married 36 years, 32 Ivydale Rd, Plymouth, Devonshire. Occupation Grocers Porter.


Royal Marines Service Record (TNA)

Name John Richard Norgrove, Register No 225, Division Plymouth.


Date of Birth 2 April 1850 ?

Were born  Oxford Oxford

Trade labourer

Religion Church of England


When Enlisted  5 April 1866

Were Enlisted

By Whom Sergeant Major Wood

When re-engaged 22 December 1877



For Drummers On Enlisted as a Boy

Stature 5 feet 2 ¼ Ins

Colour of

Complexion fresh, Hair Light, Eyes Blue.


On Re-engagement 

Stature 5 feet 8 ¼ Ins

Colour of

Complexion fresh, Hair Light, Eyes Blue.



Drummer 5th April 1866 - 31st December 1878

Private 1st January 1879 - 28th October 1879

Corporal 29th October - 12th April 1889

Character throughout his Service.

Very good to Excellent



Towards Engagement

Under age to 4th April 68 2 years 0 days

Towards G. C. Badges  

Under age to 4th April 68 2 years 0 days

Towards Pension

Under age to 4th April 68 2 years 0 days


Living at 23 Morley St, Plymouth. 1/1/38 


Classification for Conduct. Five

Good Conduct Badges.

No in Possession One Date awarded 1st Jan 71  

No in Possession Two Date awarded 5th Apl 74

No in Possession Three Date awarded 5th Apl 80  

No in Possession Four Date awarded 5th Apl 84

No in Possession Five Date awarded 5th Apl 89


Promotions and Reductions

Rank Cpl, Co 24, Date 29th Oct 77


Medals Clasps

Date received 4th Feb 84

Nature of Decorations

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal


When married 27th Dec 75







Dear Jack, your time has come we hear, to leave the corps at last,

And some curious ups and downs you've seen during the 21 years past.

But you seemed to amalgamate the bad times with the good

And now you're leaving the grand old corps as every Royal should.


As Drummer or Private, you were respected well.

And as N.C. Officer, I am quite pleased to tell

That you never tried to injure a man below your own grade

But instead, you were a favourite with the men in the Parade.


As a Drummer, Private and Non. Com. you did your work afloat

As well as in the Barracks you had your share of both

And from the first beginnings to the end of your career

You did your work straightforward without either doubt or fear.


To a Training Ship for boys as Instructor you were sent

During which period on your work you were intent

And you were always kind to those under your instruction

Which in the Captain's eyes appeared a favourable introduction.


You were the first Marine who received the extra pay

To compensate for the instruction you gave the boys each day.

You earned well your extras and I'm sure will all agree

That you turned out good buglers for the Royal Navy.


Your last job in Barracks lasted four years or more

And that was being in charge of the Divisional Baggage Store.

In addition to the marking for the whole of the Division

I'm pleased to state was always done with the care and precision.


Now a word about your duties whilst in the Baggage Stores

You always were obliging and what is furthermore

You were indeed particular about the Private's gear

By seeing that 'twas stowed away with the very best of care.


I trust you will excuse me for addressing you as Jack,

For if I substituted John, I thought you'd be taken aback.

And as Jack is most familiar I cant help addressing you so

But although you are a civilian, you'll excuse a Private Joes.


In conclusion just a on your entering Civil life.

May success and prosperity smile on both you and your dear wife.

May your children be spared to you and in your old age to you prove true.

Is the humble address from Private Marines for me to give to you.



More About John Richard Norgrove:

Burial: Plymouth, Ford Park.

Burial Ref: Grave Ref. N04/10045

Occupation: Corporal Royal Marines, Instructor on training ships

Register of birth: 12 Oct 1850, Chipping Norton Oxfordshire. Informant William Norgrove father

Military Service



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Life timeline of Mr John Richard Norgrove “Jack”

Mr John Richard Norgrove “Jack” was born on 13 Sep 1850
Mr John Richard Norgrove “Jack” was 10 years old when Abraham Lincoln is elected as the 16th President of United States. Abraham Lincoln was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through the American Civil War—its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.
Mr John Richard Norgrove “Jack” was 24 years old when Winston Churchill, English colonel, journalist, and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965) Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician, army officer, and writer, who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. As Prime Minister, Churchill led Britain to victory in the Second World War. Churchill represented five constituencies during his career as Member of Parliament (MP). Ideologically an economic liberal and British imperialist, he began and ended his parliamentary career as a member of the Conservative Party, which he led from 1940 to 1955, but for twenty years from 1904 he was a prominent member of the Liberal Party.
Mr John Richard Norgrove “Jack” was 37 years old when Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show opens in London. William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody was an American scout, bison hunter, and showman. He was born in Le Claire, Iowa Territory, but he lived for several years in his father's hometown in Toronto Township, Ontario, Canada, before the family returned to the Midwest and settled in the Kansas Territory.
Mr John Richard Norgrove “Jack” was 44 years old when Mahatma Gandhi forms the Natal Indian Congress (NIC) in order to fight discrimination against Indian traders in Natal. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an Indian activist who was the leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahātmā – applied to him first in 1914 in South Africa – is now used worldwide. In India, he is also called Bapu and Gandhi ji, and known as the Father of the Nation.
Mr John Richard Norgrove “Jack” was 58 years old when Ford puts the Model T car on the market at a price of US$825. Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. It was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. The company sells automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand and most luxury cars under the Lincoln brand. Ford also owns Brazilian SUV manufacturer Troller, an 8% stake in Aston Martin of the United Kingdom, and a 49% stake in Jiangling Motors of China. It also has joint-ventures in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Russia. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is controlled by the Ford family; they have minority ownership but the majority of the voting power.
Mr John Richard Norgrove “Jack” was 67 years old when Tsar Nicholas II of Russia was forced to abdicate in the February Revolution, ending three centuries of Romanov rule. Nicholas II or Nikolai II, known as Saint Nicholas in the Russian Orthodox Church, was the last Emperor of Russia, ruling from 1 November 1894 until his forced abdication on 15 March 1917. His reign saw the fall of the Russian Empire from one of the foremost great powers of the world to economic and military collapse. He was given the nickname Nicholas the Bloody or Vile Nicholas by his political adversaries due to the Khodynka Tragedy, anti-Semitic pogroms, Bloody Sunday, the violent suppression of the 1905 Russian Revolution, the executions of political opponents, and his perceived responsibility for the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905). Soviet historians portray Nicholas as a weak and incompetent leader whose decisions led to military defeats and the deaths of millions of his subjects.
Mr John Richard Norgrove “Jack” was 79 years old when The New York Stock Exchange crashes in what will be called the Crash of '29 or "Black Tuesday", ending the Great Bull Market of the 1920s and beginning the Great Depression. The New York Stock Exchange, is an American stock exchange located at 11 Wall Street, Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York. It is by far the world's largest stock exchange by market capitalization of its listed companies at US$21.3 trillion as of June 2017. The average daily trading value was approximately US$169 billion in 2013. The NYSE trading floor is located at 11 Wall Street and is composed of 21 rooms used for the facilitation of trading. A fifth trading room, located at 30 Broad Street, was closed in February 2007. The main building and the 11 Wall Street building were designated National Historic Landmarks in 1978.
Mr John Richard Norgrove “Jack” died on 4 May 1938 at the age of 87