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JF Kirkham Liverpool Lifeboat Disaster 1892

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Judith Report 11 Oct 2012 18:30


I am trying to find information about J F Kirkham, he was a crew member on the Liverpool Lifeboat in 1892 when it went to help the Maxwell and I believe the Liverpool Lifeboat was badly damaged with some loss of life. On the crew list is this person and I think he may be an ancestor of mine although the Kirkham name doesn't appear on my tree at the moment. I have a clock awarded to Mr and Mrs Kirkham in 1930 for their Golden Wedding Anniversary this clock belonged to my paternal grandmother, Gertrude Upton.


Choccy Report 11 Oct 2012 18:43

One of crew members - J F Kirkham of Madryn Street, Liverpool


Gins Report 11 Oct 2012 18:46

Do you have anything else on him?

London Standard London, England
22 Jul 1892

National Life-boat Institution, has been interviewed with regard to the statement made by Branihall, one of the crew of the Liverpool life boat, to the effect that the New Brighton life boat was within bailing distance Of tho Liverpool boat, but went straight


jansmith Report 11 Oct 2012 18:48

you might want to read through this page for more info of the event


brummiejan Report 11 Oct 2012 19:03

Just throwing into the mix!! I can't see anything else about him though.

Births Jun 1872 (>99%)
KIRKHAM Joseph Frederick W. Derby 8b 34



Choccy Report 11 Oct 2012 19:11

just to clarify - it looks as though he was a crew member of the 'Maxwell', not of the Liverpool lifeboat ?? He was noted on the crew list as J F Kirkham AB

This is the wreck report by the Board of Trade -


Choccy Report 11 Oct 2012 19:16

Liverpool, Lancashire, England, Baptisms, 1813-1906

Name: Joseph Frederick Kirkham
Baptism Date: 10 Apr 1872
Parish: Everton Christ Church
Father's Name: Henry Kirkham (Engineer)
Mother's Name: Matilla Kirkham (Zatella on original)

address - 36 Blackfield Street


Choccy Report 11 Oct 2012 19:18


same address as baptism

RG number: RG11
Piece: 3680
Folio: 53
Page: 47
Reg. District: West Derby
Sub District: Kirkdale
Parish: Kirkdale
Enum. District:
Ecclesiastical District:
City/Municipal Borough:
Address: 36, Blackfield St, Kirkdale
County: Lancashire

KIRKHAM, Zillella Head Married F 38 1843
N K, Denbighshire, Wales
KIRKHAM, Henry Son Single M 19 1862 Engine Fitter
Birkenhead, Cheshire
KIRKHAM, Charlotte Daughter Single F 17 1864 No Occ
Birkenhead, Cheshire
KIRKHAM, Matilda Daughter Single F 13 1868 Scholar
Lpool, Lancashire
KIRKHAM, Hannah Daughter Single F 11 1870 Scholar
Lpool, Lancashire
KIRKHAM, Joseph Son Single M 9 1872 Scholar
Lpool, Lancashire
KIRKHAM, Archibald Son Single M 5 1876 Scholar
Lpool, Lancashire
KIRKHAM, Emily Daughter Single F 0 1881
Lpool, Lancashire


brummiejan Report 11 Oct 2012 19:19

Maybe the Henry on above baptism?

1881 England Census

Name: Henry Kirkham
Age: 44
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1837
Gender: Male
Where born: Liverpool, Lancashire, England

Civil parish: Vessels
County/Island: Lancashire
Country: England

Street Address: "S.S.Clyde"
Condition as to marriage: Married

Occupation: Cap Engineer

Registration district: West Derby
Sub-registration district: Kirkdale
ED, institution, or vessel: Clyde

Alex Taylor 44
Cadwallader Hughes 45
James Gibson 43
Stephen McVigh 21
Thomas Pepper 33
Henry Kirkham 44
John White 23
Edward Manley 31
William Stott 47


Choccy Report 11 Oct 2012 19:19

Marriages Dec 1860 (>99%)

Kirkham Henry Liverpool 8b 216
Lodge Zitella Frederica Liverpool 8b 216

Deaths Jun 1886 (>99%)

Kirkham Zitella Frederica 43 W. Derby 8b 287


brummiejan Report 11 Oct 2012 19:26

In case anyone goes looking, Henry and Zitella died about 1885 according to an Ancestry tree.


Judith Report 12 Oct 2012 17:56

Thank you everyone -the posts have helped enormously. Think he may have been married to one of my paternal grandfathers relatives. So will start trying to find a Joseph Kirkham that married someone with the surname Adams.