Hi! You may well have sorted this out by now but Elizabeth Lily was, as far as I can tell, born in Sheerness, Kent while her father William served as a Coastguard, along with Arthur and Ethel Blanch. Baby Alice was born in Itchingfield, W Sussex after William retired and became a gamekeeper - he died shortly afterwards leaving his widow Emma Jane with 9 kids aged 9 months to 18yrs. Walter, the eldest, was born in Gosport, Hants, presumably while training for the Coastguard following his transfer from the Navy. Emily, William, Thomas and Charles (my GGF) were all born in Essex where father William was based and where he met Emma Jane Warner b 1842, Tollesbury, Essex, d of Isaac Warner b c 1811 and Sarah, possibly nee Wood, b 1817 in Tollesbury. Isaac was a farm bailiff. William senior was born 23 April 1835 in Warsash to Thomas b 1805 and Isabella b 1811. Thomas, William, Isabella and Elizabeth were all family names so it's very complicated unravelling them all. Thomas 1811 is probably the son of William b1776 and Rose Dalton 1771, all of Titchfield (which probably really means Warsash). My father grew up in Portsmouth and visited Warsash frequently in the 30s and 40s. He remembers virtually everyone being a cousin of some sort!
William joined up 19 Dec 1854 on HMS Neptune, saw service in the Baltic during the Crimean War (blockading), was on HMS Shannon in 1854 and landed in Calcutta as part of Peel's Naval Brigade, hauling ships guns up to Cawnpore and Lucknow and was decorated twice for his part in the relief of Lucknow, achieved fairly rapid promotion thereafter, seeing service in the Med before transferring to the Coastguard and moving to the Thames Estuary. He clearly kept in touch with his family in Warsash as his older brother Thomas claims to have been with him in W Sussex when he died and brought Emma and all the kids except Walter and William (who both joined the Navy around this time) back to Warsash where they moved in next door to his sister Fanny who had also been recently widowed (her husband Charles Gale had worked at the chemical works just down the coast and had been an invalid for some time - draw your own conclusions!). Emma Jane had to resort to becoming a laundress and taking in lodgers (including William Gee) to make ends meet. Son Thomas crewed on a yacht, Charles was taken in as an orphan at the Greenwich Hospital School, joined the Navy as a boy writer and retired as a Lt Cdr. Both his sons also joined the Navy as Shipwrights. My son looks like being Generation 6 in the Service! There is a vague story in the family that young Ethel Gee got mixed up in some espionage case in Gosport which, given the strong Service tradition in the family, is not really talked about as embarassing. Do you know any more about this?
Hope this helps. I can provide more details if it helps. J