We had a very interesting email from Alastair Gibbons who told us :-
"My grandfather, George Walker Betsworth, was born on 17th Jan 1877 in the coastguard station Reculver, Kent. His father was Edward Charles Betsworth who joined the Mars in August 1877. Edward was a coastguard at Caistor, Norfolk, in the 1871 census, and I believe is mentioned as being on duty the night the Tay Bridge fell in John Prebble's book of the disaster, though his name is spelt wrongly. My grandfather then lived all his life in Newport until his death in 1940. He was a plumber, served in first world war and suffered gas damage to his lungs, married Jean Duncan in 1919 at age 42, and had one child, my mother Netta in 1925. My mother, who lives now in Kintore, Aberdeenshire and sadly has dementia, has talked with enthusiasm about the Mars ship all her life, so it is wonderful to see this book and website."
Alistair added in a later email that "My Grandfather lived at 27 Gowrie Hill East Newport, until he died in 1940 and his widow Jean lived there until her death in 1969. There are both buried in Vicarsford Cemetery."
Gordon had, the week prior to the email, l found some information on Charles Betsworth and there is now an entry in the Mars stories section for 19th May 1904 about his retiral. We have passed on the details to Alistair and a photograph of his Grandparents gravestone at Vicarsford Cemetery.

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