Danson, Richard Joseph

Richard Joseph Danson. Assistant Pantry Steward. He had been born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, 11 February 1868, to John Anselm, a master plumber and a native of Chorley, Lancashire (born ca. 1837), and Mary (nee Morrison or Broadrick; born in Ireland about 1839) Danson. A John Anselm Danson married Mary Broadrick in the third quarter of 1858 at Wirral, Cheshire, and it is likely they were Richard’s parents. In 1871, he was noted as being 3 years old, living with his family at Birkenhead. His brothers and sisters were, at the time, Elizabeth C., 10, Agnes, 9, John, 7, and Mary Ann, 5, and Ada, an infant. Also present were Mary Danson’s mother Catherine Broderick, 53, and three of her brothers as well as a sister (all natives of Ireland). In 1891, he was 23 years of age and noted as a shunter living at Hampton Street in Birkenhead with his parents and siblings Agnes, 25, a dressmaker, Lucy M., 17, a dressmaker’s apprentice, Eliza E., 14, Thomas, 12, Edward, 11, and Frank, 8. In 1900 he married Mary Ellen O’Leary and they lived at 12 Cavendish Street, Birkenhead. They had one son. He died in Birkenhead in 1940, aged 71. The Royal Navy had him born in 1877; a Richard Warbreck Danson had been born on 24 August or 7 October 1877.

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