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William Jacobs


known as “TED”


Jesse Jacobs 
Susan Kate Alexander


Harry George
Elizabeth (Betty)
Dorothy (Dot)
Louisa Jane ( Jean)
Ellen (Nell)




Ted was born on July 11th 1902 in Figheldean

He appears in the 1911 census.

Ted joined the Royal Navy as a Boy Telegraphist on 7 August 1918, thereby just qualifying him for the 1914-1918 War Medal

He married Rosina Ings, known as “Cis”, in Houghton parish church on 8th August 1928. 

Cis had been born in Penton Mewsey, August 16th 1904.

Cis was born Rosina May Ings, on 16 August 1904 in Penton Mewsey, near Andover, the daughter of Albert Edward Ings and Edith Mary nee Lawes.

Here she is in the 1911 census.

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Edith Mary Ings (nee Lawes) with her children Rosina, Christopher (Curly) and Wilfred

Early Navy days:

HMS Cardiff 1924

Ted Wedding Group
Ted Marriage

From Ted’s son Jim:

Dad joined the RN on 7.8.18 and was due out after his 22 years on 7.8.40.   Unfortunately there were no discharges due to WW2 so he remained in service until 19.9.45, after having been torpedoed twice in the war. On leaving the Navy he started straight away in the Royal Navy Aircraft Repair Yard (RNARY) Gosport as an Aircraft Radio Electrician, retiring on 11.7.67.
He always referred to his ships sinking under him as ' aquatic sports ' ; one ship was HMS Southwold, but I have no knowledge on the other. The first time Mum received a cable saying " been in the soup" and the second time "been in the soup again" as due to wartime regulations he was not even able to say which ocean he was in.
   Married in the Parish Church, Houghton on 8.8.28.
After marriage they lived first at 23 Bevis Rd, North End, Portsmouth, and then at The Gardens, West Ashling, West Sussex. At that time Dad was in RN Barracks, Portsmouth, and caught a train from Bosham station early each day. So that he was closer to the station they moved to 7 Williams Rd, Bosham right next to the station.
Dad was next posted to the newly built HMS Collingwood, Fareham, the RN's wireless training school, which meant a move to 39 St Ann's Road, Fareham in 1937

They moved to 112 Fareham Rd, Gosport in October 1954 right next door to Fleetlands where Dad worked. At that time I was in Hong Kong and Aileen in Australia, so neither of us saw the Gosport house until December 1956 when we both reurned to the UK pretty close together. Aileen had married Aubrey Quintana in Melbourne on 23.4.56.

Ted and Cis with Aileen, at West Ashling 1930


Ted and Cis had two children:

Aileen born 31st May 1930 in West Ashling, West Sussex,

James born 8th May 1932 in West Ashling.

Below from Jim:
Dad's trainee Telegraphists when he was an instructor at HMS St Vincent, Gosport,1938. He named all these young sailors on the reverse.

Ted Group

Ted in 1939

The family at Fareham 1941 and 1942


Ted died in Gosport on March 15th 1974

Cis died in Sarisbury Green on January 16th 2006, at the age of 101.

Cis and Ted, Fareham 1945.. Demob suit?


Cis on her 90th birthday


Cis on her 100th birthday, complete with message from the Queen

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