"William Thomas Carveth was born in Stoke Dameral, Devonport 31 July 1848. He entered the service as a Boy having just turned 15 years 2 August. 1862. At the time he was described as standing just 4 feet 9 inches with light brown hair, blue eyes, with a fair complexion. He was entered on the books of HMS Implacable. On coming of age he entered for ten years service 31 July 1866 and again for another ten years 31 July 1876. He served aboard HMS Himalaya as Ships Corporal 2nd Class, advanced to 1st Class from 1 August 1874 for which he also received £2.10 shillings (£2/10-d to us older types) good conduct pay and Medal for the South African War. He retired to Shore Pension as Ships Corporal 1st Class from the same ship he first entered the service on on 6 Aug.1886 with Pension prior dated from 15th July 1886. He had served a total of 24 years."