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Boy Under Training??

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Stuart Report 15 Dec 2013 14:46

Per the 1911 census a son has moved away from his family in Portsmouth to Shotley near Ipswich. His relationship to the head of the family is marked as, inmate!! His Occupation is, Boy Under Training.
Can anyone give me a clue as to what might have happened here. Is Boy Under Training a common term for back in 1911? What would he be training for? Why an inmate too?
Any help at all I would be very grateful for..

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 15 Dec 2013 15:14

without being able to look at the census its difficult to give any reasons

Maybe he was in some sort of apprenticeship.

if you would give some details we can take a look


MaureeninNY Report 15 Dec 2013 15:22

Just using this lad as an example...

1911 census transcription details for: His Majesty's Royal Naval Training Establishment, H.M. ROYAL NAVAL TRAINING EST.
RG14PN10797 RD212 SD1 ED20 SN9999
Reg. District: Samford
Sub District: Capel St Mary
Parish: Tattingstone
Enum. District: 20
Address: Shotley Near Ipswich
County: Suffolk
ABELL, Leslie Inmate Single M 16 1895 Boy Under Training London Paddington



brummiejan Report 15 Dec 2013 15:22

Is this him? Presumably he is training for a naval career:

1911 England Census about Henry Baker
Name: Henry Baker
Age in 1911: 15
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1896
Relation to Head: Inmate
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Civil Parish: Tattingstone
County/Island: Suffolk
Country: England
Street Address: His Majesty's Royal Naval Training Establishment, Shotley Nr Ipswich
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: Boys Under Training
Registration District: Samford
Registration District Number: 212
Sub-registration District: Capel St Mary
ED, institution, or vessel: 19-20
Piece: 10797



Stuart Report 15 Dec 2013 15:51

D'oh!! Okay, yes I see the address now which slightly gives me a clue.

Staffs Col

Staffs Col Report 16 Dec 2013 11:56

Yes he would have been a Royal Navy Boy under Training at HMS Ganges at Shotley in Suffolk
Prior to becoming a stone frigate in 1905 Ganges was a series of hulks around the area. The stone frigate remained in the Royal Navy until the 1970's when - it is now being redeveloped as housing after being left semi derelict for a number of years