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Francis INCH (1877- )


Francis James Daniel INCH

Francis James Daniel INCH, son of John INCH (1848- ) and Elizabeth THOMAS (1851- ), was born on 30 May 1877 in Plymouth, Devon. Plymouth 5b/266. Francis appeared in the census on 5 April 1891 in Plymouth aged 14.1 The address was: 1 Norley Cottages, Norley Street. On 5 April 1891 he was an Office Boy in Plymouth aged 14.2


Captain F.J.D. Inch.

The VOLTURNO was not Capt. Inch's first experience of fire-fighting. As chief officer of the SS. CAMPANIA, he was principally responsible for extinguishing a fire which could have developed into another VOLTURNO. At 2 am on the 9th of October 1913, Inch donned a smoke helmet and went into the aft end of the vessel beside the emmigrants quarters and succeeded in putting out the fire.

At the outbreak of the War, Captain Inch commanded the PRINCIPELLO, later becoming a CUNARD Captain commanding the VERENTIA and the VALACIA.

Captain Thompson of the CAMPANIA said of Inch, " Captain Inch was a fine seaman, courageous to a degree and imbued with a fine sense of duty, I think I may say I never had a more capable or competent chief officer".

Captain Inch retired from the sea in 1929 and died shortly thereafter.


1"1891 Census". Cit. Date: 5 April 1891.
Text From Source: Name Related Cond Age Occupation Birth Place
John Inch Head M 43 Dentist Assistant Poundstock, Cornwall
Elizabeth Inch Wife M 40 Plymouth, Devon
Maud Inch Dau S 21 Tailoress Plymouth, Devon
William Inch Son S 20 Butcher Assistant Plymouth, Devon
Florence Inch Dau S 17 Tailoress Plymouth, Devon
Frank Inch Son S 14 Office Boy Plymouth, Devon
Ethel Sarah Inch Dau S 11 Plymouth, Devon
National Archives, Kew.
2Ibid. Cit. Date: 5 April 1891.