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Ancestral Showcase No.1

Old Tom Boniface 1852-1928

Michael Bignell's 2xGreat-Grandfather
Born and raised at the chalk pit cottages, Holywell, Mead, Eastbourne. Was a fisherman and also 2nd coxswain of the Eastbourne Lifeboat for 22 years and saved many lives. On one rescue mission he was washed overboard in a terrible storm and suffered permanent lung damage, which later claimed his life. Was involved in the famous Eastbourne Riots of 1891-92 fighting for the rights of the Salvation Army against angry violent mobs, inflicting and suffering personal injury. He was perhaps the most familiar figure on the seafront. The Eastbourne Herald reported his funeral with front page headlines: "FUNERAL OF "OLD TOM" THOUSANDS MOURN A POPULAR FIGURE".

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Albert Edward Boniface


Brighton, Sussex, England
Grandson of Henry Boniface
Fly Proprietor, Hampton St.


London Fire Brigade
British Army
Royal Navy


Daisy Cooley Dunkerton


Albert Edward Boniface is
Steve Everitt's Grandfather

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Jack Boniface

Service: Royal Navy

Rating: Able Seaman

Serial Number: P/JX 158220

Date Joined Hood: Unknown

Biographical Information: Jack was the son of Charlie Boniface and Ivy Emma Coomber, of Hailsham, Sussex. Jack was born in 1923 and had one sister Rita born in 1928 He was 18 years old at the time of his loss aboard the HMS Hood when it sank.

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