Lest we forget …

by | Nov 8, 2018 |

THOSE WHO DIED FROM THIS PARISH IN WW1

Sue Walker, a member of St. Cuthbert’s Church has researched the names of those who served in the armed forces and lost their lives in the First World War.

BAFFINS AREA OF COPNOR

Although this area had been farmland for many years, the Baffins part of Copnor had relatively few roads and houses compared with today.

Many of the inhabitants were connected with the Royal Navy and the Parish Magazine lists the names of 219 parishioners who served abroad in the armed services, 202 of whom were in the Royal Navy.

In addition, the National Roll of the Great War named an additional 118 men who served abroad, making a total of 337 local men who served their country abroad during the first World War.

Many returned safely but 78 died. Two men were taken prisoners of war and returned to their families safely. Among the awards, two were awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, two were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, one was given the Medaille Militaire and Croix de Guerre by the French President and one was Mentioned in Dispatches for his gallant and distinguished service.

ROLL OF HONOUR

HENRY WHINBROKE BILLAM

Chief Engineer Mercantile Marine SS Halifax (Halifax N.S.)
Henry was born in 1879 in Sunderland, the eldest son of Edward and Elizabeth Billam. He passed the Marine Engineers examination in 1903 and qualified as second engineer. He married his wife Mary in 1910. In the 1911 census, he was an electrical engineer working for Llandudno District Council. Later that year, he moved to 33 Milton Road, Copnor where his twin sons, Henry and John were born a few months later.
He was the Chief Engineer on the merchant ship, SS Halifax. The ship was reported missing since sailing from St. Michael’s in the Azores on 11th December 1917, on a voyage from New York to Bordeaux with a general cargo. All crew were presumed to have drowned. Henry was 38 years old when he died.
He is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial in London and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

CHARLEY ELLMAN BLAKE

Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class, RN Submarine E3, M280 (Po)
Charley was born on 25th June 1886 at Newport, Isle of Wight, the eldest son of Thomas and Alice Blake. He married his wife Edith in 1912 and had a daughter Joan born 1914, who would never have known her father. The family lived at 78 Folkestone Road, Copnor.
He was a fitter and turner before he enlisted in the Royal Navy on 14th March 1908. In the 1911 census, he was a patient at Haslar Hospital as a result of burns from a boiler on HMS Invincible. Charley died on 16th October 1914 aged 28 when his submarine, E3, was torpedoed by the German U27. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.
He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and the Ryde Borough War Memorial.

ALBERT HENRY BUCKETT

Able Seaman Royal Navy HMS Nestor 196213 (Po.)
Albert was born on 10th November 1879 in Southampton, the third child of Joseph and Louisa Buckett. He married his wife Lilian in 1909 and they had a son Frank born 1910. The family lived at 33 Chesterfield Road, Copnor

Before he joined the Royal Navy in 1897, he was a bottler for a druggist. He began in the Navy as a boy sailor on HMS Northampton. In the 1901 census, he was aboard HMS Terrible, a 1st class cruiser in China. In the 1911 census, he was on HMS St Vincent in Portland, Dorset. On 31st May 1916, his ship, HMS Nestor, was sunk and many lives were lost. However, Albert was in the water, and was fished out by the Germans who used a big hook which went through his shoulder. He was taken Prisoner of War in Germany until he was repatriated in late 1918.

Gallantry Awards – Mentioned in Dispatches (prisoner of war)
London Gazette date: 5/10/1918 Gazette Issue: 30936, Gazette Page: 11783

Gallantry Awards Cross of Military Virtue Second Class conferred by His Majesty the King of Roumania
London Gazette date: 14/3/1919 Gazette Issue: 31236 Gazette Page: 3594
He was also awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.
Albert is commemorated on the St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth but he survived the Great War. He actually died on 3rd April 1957 at 33 Chesterfield Road, Copnor.

ALBERT VICTOR BUCKLAND

Gunner Royal Garrison Artillery 24th Siege Battery 17868
Albert was born in 1887 in Alverstoke. He was the fourth son of Mrs Ellen Buckland 125 Milton Road Copnor. He was a butcher by trade.

His battery was sent to France in August 1915 where they were most often employed in destroying or neutralising the enemy artillery, as well as putting destructive fire down on strongpoints, dumps, store, roads and railways behind enemy lines. He was killed in action on 22nd September 1917. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.

He is buried at the Larch Wood (Railway Cutting) Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium and commemorated on St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

HORACE HERBERT BUCKLAND

Chief Stoker HMS Victory 308049 (Po.)
Horace was born on 22nd December 1884 in Alverstoke. He was the third son of Mrs Ellen Buckland 125 Milton Road Copnor. He was a brickmaker by trade before enlisting in the Royal Navy on 19th November 1904. In the 1911 census, he was a Petty Officer (stoker) on HMS Neptune. He died on 5th March 1919 of influenza and bronchitis in RN Hospital, Greenock, aged 34. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.
Horace is buried Milton Cemetery and commemorated on St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

REGINALD HARRY BUCKLAND

Private Hampshire Regiment 1st Battalion 7529
Reginald was born in 1889 in Gosport. He was the fifth and youngest son of Mrs Ellen Buckland of 125 Milton Road Copnor. In the 1911 census, he was a private in the 2nd Hampshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion Mounted Infantry, Kings Hill, Harrismith, Orange Free State, South Africa. In 1914 he married his wife Lilian and they lived at 37 Herbert Street, Mile End. He was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916 aged 27. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.
Reginald is buried at Serre Road Cemetery No.2. Somme France and commemorated on the St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

WILLIAM HENRY BUCKS

Petty Officer HM Submarine “E30” 185640. (Po.)
William was born on 13th April 1880 in Warwick. He married his wife Florence in 1910 and in the 1911 census, they were living at 8 Chesterfield Road. He was a Petty Officer in the Royal Navy. He was serving on HM Submarine E30 when it was lost in the North Sea, the cause unknown. He died on 22nd November 1916 aged 36. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.
William is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

GEORGE WILLIAM BULMAN

Company Sergeant Major Kings Royal Rifle Corps 18th Battalion 862.
George was born in 1877 in Guisborough Yorkshire. He was married to Blanche Mary in 1907 and had five children, Blanche 1908. William 1909, Maurice 1910, Marjorie 1912 and Dorothy 1914. The family lived at 22 Langstone Road, Copnor. He was a clerk before he enlisted in the Kings Royal Rifle Corps in 1898. During his military career, he served in the South Africa Campaign, in India and twice in France as well as spells at Home. He was injured in France and was sent back to England, but he returned to the war in France in 1916. He was killed in action on 25th June 1916, aged 39. He received the Queen’s South Africa Medal in 1902. His wife was sent his Good Conduct and Long Service medals after his death, as well as 1914-15 Star, Victory and British medals.
He is commemorated at the Berks Cemetery Extension, Hainaut Belgium and at St Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

WILLIAM BUSHNELL

Private 14th Battalion Hampshire Regiment 20771 (1st Pompey Pals)
William was born in West Ham, Essex in about 1887. In 1911 census, he was living with his married sister Harriett in Tokio Road, Portsmouth and was a self-employed gardener.
He volunteered in 1914 in the 1st Portsmouth Battalion which became the 14th Hampshire Battalion. He arrived in France, landing at Le Havre on the 6th of March 1916. He was wounded in France on 13th November 1916. He was present in France during the Battles at the Somme, Ancre, Ypres and Cambrai but was reported missing and presumed dead on 27th March 1918. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.
He is commemorated on the Ovillers Military Cemetery, France and the Pompey Pals Memorial at Fratton Park.

ERNEST EDMUND BUTLER

Able seaman HMS Black Prince J.15385 (Po)
Ernest was born on 4th October 1895 in Stone, Buckinghamshire. In the 1911 census, he and his brother William were living at Aylesbury Union Workhouse He joined the Royal Navy as a “Boy” in January 1912 as a way out of the workhouse where he was a wash house boy. He enlisted for twelve years in October 1913. He married his wife Annie in 1915 and they lived at 1 Martin Road, Copnor. Less than a year later, HMS Black Prince was lost at the Battle of Jutland and along with the rest of the crew, Ernest died on 31st May 1916, aged 21. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.
He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

JOSEPH JOHN CALLEGARI

Armament Staff Sergeant Army Ordnance Corps attached to the 24th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery A/369
Joseph was born in Woolwich in 1884. He first enlisted with the army (3rd East Kent Regiment) in October 1898 for 6 years, giving his age as 17yrs. However, he purchased his discharge 6 months later He was actually 14 years old.
In 1901 he was a fitter’s apprentice (torpedo) in Greenwich, living at home with his parents. He enlisted in the army sometime between 1903 and 1906. He married his wife Adelaide in 1906 and the following year, their daughter Ena was born at a military camp in Ireland. By 1911, the family was living in Ceylon in Military accommodation.
He died on 26th April 1915 in France, aged 31, and was mentioned in dispatches for his gallant and distinguished service (London Gazette Issue: 29200 Page: 6009 Date: 18/6/1915). He was awarded the 1914 star, Victory and British War medals.
He is commemorated on the Chapelle-D’armentieres Old Military Cemetery, France and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

ALBERT HENRY CARPENTER

Private RMLI PO/11270 HMS Russell
Albert was born on 26 June 1882 at Eastney, the eldest son of Albert and Isabella Carpenter. He was a gardener before he enlisted in the Royal Marines Light Infantry in November 1900. He married his wife Alice in September 1908 and they lived at 9 Kimbolton Road. During the war until October 1915, he was in the North Sea and was then drafted to the Eastern Mediterranean for the closing operations of the Gallipoli Campaign. HMS Russell, a pre-Dreadnought battleship, returned to the Mediterranean Sea but was sunk having been mined off Malta. Albert lost his life on 27th April 1916 aged 33, leaving his wife Alice to bring up his son Albert aged 2 years.
Albert was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals. He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

WILIAM GEORGE CHAMBERS

Sapper Royal Engineers 155th Field Coy 519817 (502nd Field Coy., Royal Engineers)
William was born in 1887 in Portsmouth, eldest son of William Charles and Emily Chambers. In 1911, he was living at 41 Tangiers Road, Copnor with his parents and was a gas fitter. Later that year, he married Florence Alice. They had a son William Ernest born in 1912 and lived at 79 Folkestone Road.
Volunteering in February 1916, he served at various stations until drafted to France in July 1918. He was in action on many engagements in the Allied Offensive and was gassed. On his recovery, re-joining his unit, he was engaged in heavy fighting in many parts of the line. He was killed in action on 5th October 1918 aged 31years. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.
He is buried in the Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France and commemorated on St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth

His father WILLIAM CHARLES CHAMBERS was born on 4th May 1864 in Portsmouth. He was Chief Engine Room Artificer 1st class (pensioner) on HMS Javelin an Admiralty trawler and minesweeper which was mined and sank in the North Sea. He died on 17th October 1915 aged. 51. At the time of his death, his family had moved to 16 Dover Road, Copnor. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.
He is buried in Portsmouth (Kingston) Cemetery and is commemorated on St. Wilfrid’s Church WW1 Memorial, Fratton, Portsmouth.

EDMUND CHILD

Petty Officer stoker HMS Invincible 296171 (Po)
Edmund was born in Soberton, Hampshire on 12th October 1882, He was a labourer before he enlisted in the Royal Navy in November 1900. He continued to serve beyond his twelve years that he originally signed up for. He married his wife Rosina in 1908 and they lived at 8 Westover Road, Copnor. In the summer of 1912, twin daughters, Marjorie and Gwendoline, were born. At the outbreak of war, he was serving on HMS Invincible and continued until his death on 31st May 1916 when the entire ship’s crew were lost at the Battle of Jutland. He was 34 years old.
Edmund was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals and is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St Cuthbert’s WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

THOMAS CHOPE

Chief Petty Officer HMS Bulwark 172371. (Po)
Thomas was born on 4th October 1877 in Portsmouth. He was the son of Thomas and Mary Chope, his father being a seaman in the Royal Navy. He attended the Royal Hospital School in Greenwich and later joined the Royal Navy. In 1901, he was a petty officer aboard HMS Minotaur, based in Portland and ten years later, still a Petty Officer, he was staying with his sister in Milford Haven when the census was taken. He married Daisy Beatrice in 1913 and they lived at 53, Whitecliffe Avenue, Copnor. A year later, he died on 26th November 1914 when HMS Bulwark was destroyed by an internal explosion off Sheerness in the Thames estuary. He was 27 years old. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.
Thomas is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St Cuthbert’s WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

FREDERICK JOHN CLARK

Artificer Engineer HMS Queen Mary 272047
Frederick was born on 7th January 1884 in Portsea, eldest son of Frederick and Amelia Clark. He married his wife Lillie in 1904 and they had two sons, Ronald born 1905 and Sidney born 1909. The family lived at 23 Langstone Road, Copnor.
Frederick was a boilermaker when he joined the Royal Navy in 1905. He was an acting Engine Room Artificer 4th class. He was promoted to Acting Artificer Engineer on 1st September 1913 whilst serving on HMS Hazard. Having taken courses in turbines and oil fuel, he joined the cruiser HMS Queen Mary and was made an Artificer Engineer on 7th September 1915. He died on 31st May 1916, age 32, when his ship was lost at the Battle of Jutland. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.
Frederick is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

MAURICE MANSFIELD CLARKE

Chief Shipwright HMS Fisgard 145044
Maurice was born on 27th November 1868 in Bradfield, Essex, son of Sarah Clark. He married his first wife, Amanda Ellen in 1890 in Portsmouth but she died in 1895. They had a son Maurice John born in 1893. He married his second wife, Ellen Sophia in 1897 in Weymouth. They had five children, Doris born 1898, Thomas born 1899, Maude born 1891, Mildred born 1895 and Reginald born 1909. The family lived at 10 Ripley Grove, Copnor.
He was a carpenter when he joined the Royal Navy in April 1888, serving on many different ships. In 1901, he was living with his family in Portsmouth but by February 1911, he took his pension and moved to Birmingham where he was a Railway carriage builder. However, he returned to serve in the Navy again on 2nd August 1914 at the outbreak of war. He was the chief shipwright on HMS Grafton and was engaged on patrol and escort duties in the North Sea. In 1915, he proceeded to the Dardanelles and took part in Gallipoli operations. He remained with that ship until 4th August 1917 when he joined HMS Grafton. He met with an accident in which he suffered a cerebral haemorrhage and later died on 31st October 1917. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.
Maurice is buried in Portsmouth (Milton) Cemetery and is commemorated on the St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

HARRY COOMBS

Chief Stoker HMS Black Prince 281834
He was born on 8th December 1879 in Portsmouth, son of Phillip and Sarah Coombs. He married his wife, Rosina, in 1902 and they had six children, born between 1904 and 1913.
In 1901, he was serving on HMS Royal Sovereign and in 1911, HMS Neptune. He died on 31st May 1916, aged 37 when HMS Black Prince was lost at the Battle of Jutland. At the time of his death, the family were living at 99 Cuthbert Road, Fratton.
Harry was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals and is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

CHARLES WALLACE COOK

Petty Officer 1st class HM Torpedo Boat 026 which was a tender to Dolphin 161926. (PO)
Charles was born on 12th April 1876 at Eyke, Suffolk. He married his wife, Alice Louisa in 1912 in Suffolk and their two children were also born there. The family moved to 11 Chasewater Avenue, Copnor in 1914. Charles died from illness on 9th April 1915 aged 39 whilst serving on the Torpedo boat abroad. His wife was left to bring up Constance aged 1 and Judith aged 2.
Charles was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals and is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St Cuthbert’s WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

EVELYN WALTER COOLEY

Lance Corporal 1st Battalion Hampshire Regiment 23035
Evelyn was born in 1887 at Parkhurst, Isle of Wight where his father George was a prison warder. In 1911, he was a carpenter living with his widowed mother Vashti on Horsebridge Hill, Parkhurst but shortly afterwards he followed his father’s footsteps and became a prison warder at Camp Hill, Isle of Wight. He was killed in action, aged 29, on 23rd August 1916 in northern France. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.
Evelyn is buried in the Cambrin Churchyard extension, Pas de Calais, France. He is commemorated on the Prison Service Roll of Honour at Camp Hill and St Cuthbert’s WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

FREDERICK ERNEST COOPER

Private 17th Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) G/86165
Frederick was born in 1898 in Portsmouth and was the son of Henry and Eliza Cooper. In 1911 census, he was living in Clarendon Street, Landport and was still at school. The family moved to 141 Dover Road, Copnor and he enlisted in the army in May 1918. The following July, he was sent to the Western Front in France. He took an active part in the advance of the Allies and died near Cambrai on 28th September 1918, aged 20 years. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.
Frederick is buried at the Martinsart British Cemetery, Somme, France and is commemorated on the St Cuthbert’s WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

PERCIVAL WILLIAM COX

Lance corporal 1/4th Battalion (Territorial Force) Hampshire Regiment 202988
Percival was born in 1897 in Portsmouth, son of Frederick and Laura Cox. In 1911, he was still at school and was living with his parents at 31 Chesterfield Road, Copnor. He served as a territorial soldier in Mesopotamia and Persia and posthumously received the Territorial Force War Medal. He died on 24th February 1917 aged 20 years. He was also awarded the Victory and British War medals.
Percival is commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq and St Cuthbert’s WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

WILFRED JOHN BENNETT COX

Lance corporal 1st Battalion Hampshire Regiment 12739
Wilfred was born in 1898 in Portsmouth, the only son of John and Ellen Cox. In the 1911 census, he was living at “The Kings Head” at Oving, near Chichester with his parents and he was still at school. His father had retired from the Royal Navy and was the licensee. The family later moved to 22 St Piran’s Avenue, Copnor.
Wilfred enlisted in the 1st Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment and died at Ypres on 4th August 1916, aged 18 years. He is buried at Essex Farm Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Ypres, Belgium and commemorated at both St Wilfred’s and St Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.

WILLIAM HENRY DOLLERY

Lieutenant Royal Marine Light Infantry: Portsmouth Division 16973
William was born on 7th February 1897, eldest son of Ernest and Emily Dollery. In the 1911 census, he was a domestic gardener. He married his wife Mabel on 5th December 1917 and they lived at 2 Silchester Road, Copnor.
He enlisted in the Royal Marine Light Infantry in September 1913 and served with Royal Naval Brigade in Belgium in 1914. In 1915 he was in the Dardanelles for landing at Anzac Cove and others until the evacuation of the Peninsular and was wounded three times. In December 1916, he was invalided home and on recovery, served with various stations. He was commissioned on 17th August 1917 and in 1918 joined HMS Vindictive. He died on 23rd April 1918, aged 21 years, during the raid on Zeebrugge.
William is buried at Gosport (Ann’s Hill) Cemetery and commemorated on Portsmouth City Centre WW1 Memorial. He was awarded the 1914-star, Victory and British War medals.

RONALD ERNEST DOWNER

Leading Cooks Mate HMS Tipperary M/2131
Ronald was born on 5th December 1891 in Rugby Road, Southsea, the youngest son of John and Emma Downer. He married his wife Dorothy in 1913 and they had a daughter Dorothy, born 21st February 1915. The family lived at 11 Folkestone Road, Copnor.
He was a clerk before he enlisted in the Royal Navy on 30th July 1910. He served on HMS Tipperary and took part in the Battle of Heligoland Bight. He died on 1st June 1916, age 24, when his ship was sunk at the Battle of Jutland.
Ronald is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St Wilfred’s Church WW1 Memorial. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.

ERNEST ARCHIBALD DRIVER

Artificer engineer HMS Hawke 270122 (PO)
Ernest was born on 39th May 1878 in Sheffield. He was a fitter and turner before enlisting in the Royal Navy in 1900 for 12 years. In 1910, he became Artificer Engineer. He married his wife Emma in 1905 and they had a daughter Mabel, born 1906. The family lived at 41 St Piran’s Avenue, Copnor.
He died on 15th October 1914 when his ship HMS Hawke, an old cruiser, was torpedoed and sunk by U.9 in the North Sea. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.
Ernest is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.
ALBERT ERNEST DURHAM

Petty Officer 1st class HMS Bulwark 175297 (Po.)
Albert was born on 7th October 1877 in Lambeth, Surrey, son of William and Jane Durham. He married Amelia in 1908 and had three children William, born 1910, Frederick born 1912 and Violet born 1914. The family were living at 43 Westover Road, Copnor.
In 1901, he was serving as an able seaman at HMS Vernon, a First Class Torpedo School and in 1911, he was a 1st Class Petty Officer. At the outbreak of war, he was on escort, convoy and patrol duties between England & France. He died on 26th November 1914 when his ship, HMA Bulwark was destroyed by an internal explosion off Sheerness, Thames Estuary.
Albert was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals and is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
JOHN DURHAM

Petty Officer HMS Queen Mary 191840
John was born on 28th April 1881 at Pulborough, Sussex, son of William and Eliza Durham. He married Rose in 1906 and had a daughter Violet born 1909 and a son John born 1914. In 1911, the family were living at 74, Manor Road, Copnor.
In 1901 census, he was an able seaman at sea aboard HMS Orlando and in 1911 census, he was a leading seaman, again at sea. He died on 31st May 1916 aged 45 at the battle of Jutland when his ship, HMS Queen Mary, was sunk. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.
John is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

ARTHUR BOYETT EARLE

Private 1st Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert’s) 28172
Arthur was born in 1899 in South Norwood, Surrey, the second son of Thomas and Mary Earle. In the 1911 census, he was living with his parents in Pretoria Road, Southsea and he was still at school. The family moved to 9 Langstone Road, Copnor.
Arthur had joined the Worcestershire Regiment, probably the 1st (Reserve) Garrison Battalion which was formed in Portsmouth in January 1916. However, he was a member of the Somerset Light Infantry in August 1917 and later that year was sent to the Western Front. He was reported missing on 29th March 1918 and was presumed to have been killed in action. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.
Arthur is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France and the Portsmouth City Centre WW1 Memorial.

FREDERICK HAROLD ESSERY

Shipwright 1st class HMS Bulwark 345081
Frederick was born on 18th November 1886 in Portsmouth, son of Joseph and Emily Essery. He married his wife Edith in 1911 and they had a son Bernard in 1912.

He joined in the Royal Navy straight from school as a boy shipwright. He enlisted as an adult in 1904 for 12 years. He served on various ships, including HMS Black Prince between 1912 and 1914. He joined HMS Bulwark on 31st July 1914 and was killed on 26th November 1914, aged 27, when the ship suffered an internal explosion off Sheerness in the Thames Estuary.
Frederick was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals and is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

FREDERICK H EVANS

Private 14th Hampshire Regiment (1st Pompey Pals) 15459
Frederick was born in 1898 in Stanwell, Middlesex son of George and Sarah Evans. In 1911, he was living with his widowed father in Stanwell and was still at school. He married his wife Florrie in 1915 and it is very likely that he lived in the Copnor area as he signed up for the 1st Portsmouth Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment (Pompey Pals). His name was mentioned as a missing person in the St Cuthbert’s Church magazine.
Frederick died on 3rd September 1916 in France, aged 18 years. He had been married just under a year. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, the Pompey Pals Memorial at Fratton Park and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.

WILLIAM EDWARD FARRELL

Lieutenant HMS Ruby & HMTB 116 213908

William was born on 4th October 1885 at Southwick, Sussex, son of Peter and Sarah Farrell. He married his wife Ethel in 1909 and their daughter Ethel was born in 1910.

The family lived at 87 Folkestone Road, Copnor and his parents lived close by at 12 St Piran’s Avenue.

He joined the Navy straight from The Royal Hospital School, Greenwich as a boy 2nd class and enlisted on his eighteenth birthday in 1903 for 12 years. He became an officer in 1910 and was made a Lieutenant in 1916. He was described as “a very keen officer who is always trying to learn,” and “recommended for promotion in recognition of his zeal and ability and has shown himself worthy of advancement.” He was involved with escort and convoy duties in the English Channel and Mediterranean Sea and was present at the bombardment of Durazno.
On 11th October 1918, he died from illness contracted whilst he was serving on HMS Ruby and was buried in Bari War Cemetery, Italy. He was 33 years old when he died. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals and is commemorated on St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

GEORGE CHARLES FENNEMORE

Temporary 2nd Lieutenant Corps of Royal Engineers
George was born in 1886 in Portsmouth and lived in St Mary’s Road, and later Fourth Street. He was the second son of James and Emmeline. In the 1901 census, he was a pupil teacher. By 1911, he had qualified as a teacher and was teaching at St. Paul’s School, Kensington, London. His parents lived at 53 Milton Road, Copnor.
He was promoted to Temporary 2nd Lieutenant on 14th May 1917. He died in Basra on 3rd November 1918, age 32. He is buried in the Basra War Cemetery. Iraq and is commemorated on St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.

HARRY FULLER

Ship’s corporal 1st class HMS Good Hope 208912 (Po.)
Harry was born on 23rd December 1882 at Findon, Sussex, the third son of George and Charity Fuller. He married his wife Esther in 1913 and they lived at 49 Lynton Grove, Copnor. His daughter Violet was born seven months before he died and is unlikely to have known her father.
Harry was a gardener before joining the Royal Navy as a Boy nine months before his 18th birthday. He enlisted as an adult on 23rd December 1900. He joined HMS Good Hope in 1913 but on November 1st 1914, the ship and all crew were lost at the Battle of Coronel off the Chilean coast. He was 32 years old. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.
Harry is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.
FREDERICK CHARLES FRY

Artificer Engineer HMS Invincible 270120
Frederick was born on 30th November 1877 at Kingston, Isle of Wight, the second son of Edward and Harriet Fry. He married his wife Annie in 1902 and they had two daughters, Dorothy born 1903 and Ivy born 1910. In 1911 census, whilst he was serving on Battleship HMS Bellerophon, his family were living in three rooms in a house in Wadham Road, North End. The family then moved to 60 St Piran’s Avenue, Copnor.
He was a fitter and turner before he enlisted in the Royal Navy in February 1900. In July 1915 it was written on his naval record: “Exceptionally efficient and hard working with a sound engineering knowledge. In spite of his age, he has carried out the oversight and trials of new construction frigates, corvettes, transport ferries and similar vessels in Clyde area in all weathers with zeal and ability. A fine type of officer who has been of great assistance to the firms, Classification Society of Overseers and Engineers Officers of the ships buildings.”
Frederick died on 31st May 1916 when his ship was lost at the Battle of Jutland. He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.

JOHN HARRY GLANVILLE

Chief engine room artificer HMS Pegasus 269246
John was born on 15th December 1871 at Devonport, son of Richard and Elizabeth Glanville. He married his wife Edith in 1896 and they had three children, Hilda born 1898, Gladys born 1900 and George born 1910. The family were living at 41 Lynton Grove, Copnor at the time of John’s death.
In the 1901 census, John was acting Engine Room Artificer 3rd class aboard HMS Niolie in Gibraltar. In September 1914, HMS Pegasus was with her battlegroup off the coast of South Africa when engine trouble forced her to anchor in Zanzibar harbour. There she was spotted by the German light cruiser SMS Konigsberg which launched a surprise attack, incapacitating Pegasus which sank later that day. Thirty-eight members of the crew were lost, including John Glanville. In the parish magazine, the Vicar wrote that John was the first parishioner to be killed in the war.
John is buried in Zanzibar (Grave Island) Cemetery, Tanzania and commemorated at both St Wilfred’s and St Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.

DOUGLAS HARRY GULL

Stoker 1st class HMS Black Prince K23469
Douglas was born on 16th November 1895 in Portchester, son of James and Emily Gull. In 1911 census, he was a florist’s assistant, living with his married sister in Fulham.
On 13th November 1914, he enlisted in the Royal Navy for 12 years, before which he was an indoor servant. He joined HMS Black Prince in July 1915 and was promoted to Stoker 1st class, but died on 13st May 1916 when the ship was lost at the Battle of Jutland. He was 21 years old. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.
He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

LANCELOT ROY HALLIDAY

Rifleman 1/8th (Territorial Force.) Hampshire Regiment Battalion (Princess Beatrice’s Isle of Wight Rifles) 1195
Lancelot was born in 1896 in Southsea, son of Henry and Fanny Halliday. In 1901 census, he was living in Percy Road, Southsea. Both his parents were from the Isle of Wight. In the 1911 census, he was living with his mother and sister in Gillingham, Kent and he was a clerk in a solicitor’s office.
He enlisted in the Princess Beatrice’s Isle of Wight Rifles at Cowes on the Isle of Wight, probably in 1915. He was sent to the Balkans and landed on 10th August 1915 at Suvia Bay. The battalion sustained heavy casualties when it took part in the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign against the Ottoman Empire. 89 men were killed in action and many more wounded when the Isle of Wight Rifles assaulted the Anafarta Ridge. Lancelot was one of those killed on 22nd August 1915, age 18years, just twelve days after his arrival there.
Lancelot is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey, Carisbrooke Castle Isle of Wight Rifles Memorial and St Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.

SIDNEY GEORGE FREDERICK HOARE

Private 14th Battalion Hampshire Regiment (Pompey Pals) 12763
Sidney was born in 1893 in St Germans, Cornwall, elder son of Frederick and Ada Hoare. In the 1911 census, he was living with his parents in Lyme Regis and he was employed as a grocer’s assistant. His family moved to 79 Westover Road, Copnor before 1914.
Sidney enlisted in 1914 in the 1st Portsmouth Battalion which became the 14th Battalion. He arrived in France, landing at Le Havre on the 6th of March 1916. He was reported missing, presumed dead in the attack on Richebourg l’Avoue on 30th June 1916. He was 23 years old. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.
Sidney is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, France and the Pompey Pals Memorial at Fratton Park.

JOHN EDWARD CHARLES HONEY

Private 14th Battalion (1st Pompey Pals) Hampshire Regiment 13984
John was born in Stamshaw in 1894, son of John and Alice Honey. He spent most of his life in the Baffins area of Copnor as he is listed in 1901 and 1911 census living at Eton Cottages, Tangier Road. He followed in his father’s occupation and was a farm labourer, probably on Baffins Farm.
In 1914, he volunteered with many other Portsmouth men for the 1st Portsmouth Battalion and after training, proceeded to France, landing at Le Havre on the 6th of March 1916. John died on 23rd July 1916, age 22 years, whilst in action in an attack near Richebourg l’Avoue, France.
He is buried at St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L’avoue, Pas De Calais, France. He is commemorated on the Pompey Pals Memorial at Fratton Park and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.

WILLIAM CALEB JENKINS

1st Class Chief PO instructor HMS Flirt 177611
William was born on 17 October 1878 at Forest Gate, Essex, son of William and Julia Jenkins. In 1891 census, he was a grocer’s assistant in West Ham, London. In 1901, he was a Petty Officer 2nd class on HMS Trafalgar in Portland and in 1911, he was living with his wife Florence, whom he married in 1909, at 36 Lynton Grove, Copnor.
William was killed in action on 26th October 1916, age 38, when HMS Flirt was sunk by gunfire from a German destroyer in the Straits of Dover. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals and is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

EDWARD WILLIAM SANDELL JERAM

Able Seaman. HMS Black Prince J/23605
Edward was born on 21st December 1897 in Portsmouth, son of Edward and Fanny Jeram. In 1911 census, he was still at school and living with his widowed father at 2 Napier Rd, Southsea.
He was an errand boy before he joined the Navy as a Boy seaman in March 1913. He signed up in the Royal Navy on 21 December 1915 for twelve years. Unfortunately, less than six months later, he was killed in action when the ship was lost at the Battle of Jutland. He was 18 years old. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.
He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth (Edward William Jerome)

PETER LIDDLE

Chief Stoker HMS Queen Mary 280795 (PO)
Peter was born on 1st January 1876 at Little Fedden Forres, Moray, Scotland, the eldest son of Adam and Jane Liddle. He married his wife Susie in 1909 and their home was at Meon Road, Milton.
He joined the Royal Navy in 1895. He spent several years off the coast of Africa, and received Ashanti medal whilst aboard HMS St George, and both the Queen’s and King’s South Africa medals whilst aboard HMS Doris during the Boer War. In the 1911 census, he was aboard HMS Duke of Edinburgh in Gibraltar.
Peter died, aged 40, on 31st May 1916 when his ship, HMS Queen Mary, was sunk at the Battle of Jutland. He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and the St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.

STANLEY MARTIN

Chief Electrical Artificer HMS Bulwark 345056 (Po)
Stanley was born on 14th November 1879 in Shaftesbury, Dorset, the youngest son of George and Charlotte Martin. He lived with his wife Alice and his son Stanley at 74 Chasewater Avenue, Copnor. His second child Doriel was born just before he died. He was a fitter and turner when he enlisted in the Royal Navy in March 1902 and volunteered to continue serving beyond the twelve years.
On his service record is written the following, “An expression of their Lordships approval is to be conveyed to this man for the zeal and ability shown by him in inventing a combination lamp holder which will be used in R.N.”
He died on 26th November 1814 aged 35, when HMS Bulwark was destroyed by an internal explosion off Sheerness, Thames Estuary. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.
He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

FRANK ROLLAND EDGAR MERWOOD

Mechanician HMS Bulwark 294442
Frank was born on 13th September 1881 at Wootton, Isle of Wight, the third son of William and Annie Merwood. He was a plumber before enlisting into the Royal Navy on 30th December 1899. In 1911 census, he was an acting Mechanician aboard HMS Neptune. He married his wife Edith in 1914 and they lived at 33 Lynton Grove, Copnor.
He was killed on 26th November 1914, age 33, when HMS Bulwark suffered an internal explosion off Sheerness in the Thames Estuary. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.
Frank is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

AUSTIN HORACE MITCHELL

Ship’s Cook HMS Queen Mary 347298
Austin was born on 1st August 1887 in Portishead, Somerset, son of Charles and Eliza Mitchell. He was a fish merchant’s assistant before he enlisted in the Royal Navy in October 1905. In 1911 census, he was a Leading Cook’s Mate aboard HMS Seagull. He joined HMS Queen Mary in September 1913. He married his wife Amelia in 1914 and they lived at 37 Westover Road, Copnor.
Austin died on 13st May 1916, aged 29 years, when the ship was lost at the Battle of Jutland. He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.

WILLIAM JOHN MURRAY

Gunner HMS Racoon 236317
William was born on 16th September 1890 in Maldon, Essex, son of Josiah and Elizabeth Murray.
He attended The Royal Hospital School, Greenwich before enlisting in the Royal Navy in September 1908. During WW1, he served on HMS King Alfred, and Minerva. He married his wife Dorothy in 1915 and they lived at 45 Westover Road, Copnor. He became an officer in 1916, serving on TB027 and HMS Racoon. He drowned when HMS Racoon was wrecked off the coast of Ireland on 9th January 1918. He was 27 years old.
William was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals and is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

GORDON CLARKE ALDRIDGE NELDER

2nd Lieutenant (temporary) 13th Battalion (attested 2nd Battalion) Hampshire Regiment
Gordon was the youngest child of George and Jane Nelder, born in 1889 in Portsmouth. According to the 1911 census, he lived with his widowed mother in Montague Road, North End and he was an assistant elementary schoolmaster. Soon after the outbreak of war in August 1914 Gordon joined the Hampshire Regiment and on the 8th November was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. In 1915, he married his wife, Violet and they set up home at 51 Milton Road, Copnor.
In August 1915 the Hampshire Regiment was sent to Gallipoli. Soon after landing, Gordon was killed when the Turks overran the trenches occupied by the Hampshire Regiment. He died on 6th August 1915 aged 26.
He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

CHARLES NEW Ship’s

Steward Royal Navy HMS Bulwark 341245 (Po)
Charles was born on 3rd May 1881 in Portsmouth. He was the only son of Charles and Elvina New. In the 1891 census, he was living with his parents at The Morning Star in Blackfriars Road, Portsea where his father, a naval pensioner, was the beer retailer. In the 1901 census, he was a Ships Steward’s Assistant aboard HMS Boscowen in Portland. He married his wife Violet in 1908 and they had a daughter Violet, born the following year. In 1911, the family was living at 23 St Piran’s Avenue, but they had moved to 114 Dover Road, Copnor by the time Charles was killed.
Charles was serving on HMS Bulwark when the ship was destroyed by an internal explosion off Sheerness, in the Thames Estuary. He died on 26th November 1914, age 33 years and is buried in Kingston Cemetery. He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.

ALBERT EDWARD NOBBS

Stoker 1st class Royal Navy HMS Fortune 302975 (Po)
Albert was born on 10th March 1884 in Canning Town, Essex, the second son of Arthur and Celia Nobbs. In 1901 census, he was a gas worker.
When he enlisted in the Royal Navy in January 1903, he lied about his age. (He gave his year of birth as 1883.) He served on HMS Duke of Wellington as a stoker 2nd class. By 1907, he was a stoker 1st class on HMS Foresight. He married his wife Kate in 1913 and they had two children, Florence born 1914 and Hilda born 1916. The family lived at 70 St Piran’s Avenue, Copnor.
Albert joined HMS Fortune in January 1914 and it was on this ship that he died on 1st June 1916 at the Battle of Jutland. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.
He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

EDGAR CECIL PALMER

Able Seaman Royal Navy HMS Bulwark SS4138 (PO)
Edgar was born on 29th January 1894 in Chatham, Kent, son of George and Gladys Palmer and brother of Harold Norman. In the 1911 census, he was living with his widowed father and siblings at 2 Lynton Grove and he was a grocer’s errand boy. In October 1912, he enlisted in the Royal Navy, having been a butcher. He joined HMS Bulwark in January 1913 and died on 26th November 1914, aged 20, when the ship was destroyed by an internal explosion off Sheerness, Thames Estuary.
Edgar is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.

HAROLD NORMAN PALMER

Rifleman 2nd Battallion Kings Royal Rifle Corps 11716
Harold was born in 1897 in Portsmouth, son of George and Gladys Palmer and younger brother of Edgar Cecil Palmer. In the 1911 census, aged 14 years, he was living with his widowed father and siblings at 2 Lynton Grove, Copnor.
Harold was killed in action in France and Flanders on 23rd July 1916, age 19 years. He is commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.

EDWIN JAMES PEERS

Private RMLI HMS Goliath PLY/14913
Edwin was born on 21st December 1894 at Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight, son of Arthur and Emily Peers. He was a waiter before he enlisted in Plymouth in January 1910. However, he lied about his age, saying he was born in 1891. He had served on HMS Goliath since August 1914 and was drowned on 13th May 1915, aged 21, when the vessel was torpedoed by a Turkish destroyer in the Dardanelles.
Edwin is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.

ARTHUR WILLIAM PHILLIPS

Signal Boatswain Royal Navy HMS Tipperary
Arthur was born on 9th June 1883, son of John and Ellen Phillips. In the 1911 census he was in Royal Navy, Yeoman of Signals, living with his widowed mother at 1 Graham Rd, Southsea. He married his wife Daisy in the latter part of 1911 and their son Eric was born in 1913. The family lived at 46 Chasewater Avenue, Copnor.
Arthur became an acting Signal Boatswain on 11th August 1914 which was confirmed on 14th August 1915. He joined HMS Tipperary on 25th April 1916 but was killed, age 32, at the Battle of Jutland on 1st June 1916. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals and is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

HERBERT PREEDY

Quartermaster Sergeant 7th Royal Warwickshire Regiment 265768
Herbert was born in 1873 in Cheltenham, son of William and Mary Preedy. He was a postman before he enlisted in the Gloucestershire Regiment on 14th June 1892. He served until 13th June 1913, a total of 21 years with 1st Battalion. Gloucestershire Regiment, in Malta, Cyprus, Egypt and India. He was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 1913. He married his wife Laura Annie in 1913 and they lived at 2 Chesterfield Road, Copnor. He volunteered in Aug 1914 and in 1915, fought at Neuve Chapelle, Loos and the Somme. He was invalided back to England where he continued to serve. He was taken ill as a result of his service and died on 20th March 1918, leaving his wife to bring up Millicent, aged 4 and Winifred aged 3. He was 45 years old. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.
He is buried in Portsmouth (Kingston) Cemetery and commemorated on St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

ALBERT EDWARD PRICE

Private 2nd Hampshire Regiment 7876
Albert was born in 1889 in Southsea, son of Phillip and Ann Price. The family were living at 49 Dover Road when Albert enlisted in the 3rd Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment in August 1907. He was a plasterer before he signed up. In 1911, he was abroad serving in Wynberg, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa with the 2nd Battalion. At the outbreak of war, he was in Mhow, India and when a territorial unit arrived to take over the garrison, the battalion departed for England. After further training, they were sent to Cape Helles, Gallipoli on the 25 April 1915 and were involved in heavy fighting.
Albert died on 25th July 1915 and was buried in the East Mudros Military Cemetery, Greece. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals and is commemorated on the Portsmouth City Centre WW1 Memorial.

THOMAS MILES QUARTERMAIN

Chief sick berth steward 350541, Royal Navy attached to 1st Royal Marine Battalion, Royal Naval Division Royal Marine Light Infantry

Thomas was born on 4th July 1875 at St. Pancras, London. He married his wife Edith in August 1899 at St George’s Church, Portsea and was a sick berth attendant on HMS Duke of Wellington. In 1911, his wife was living at 22 Baffins Road, Copnor and he was a sick berth steward at HMS Attentive Portland, Dorset
At the outbreak of war, he was attached to the 1st Royal Marine Battalion. Royal Naval Division Royal Marine Light Infantry. He was in Antwerp in October 1914 and later in the year served in Ostend. In 1915, he was drafted to Gallipoli and was engaged in ambulance duties in the front lines until the evacuation of the peninsular. He was wounded in May and August 1915. On 24th December 1915, he was awarded Certificate by GOC “for zeal & devotion to duty.” Proceeding to France, he was in action at the Battle of the Somme and was killed at Beaumont Hamel on November 13th, 1916, aged 40. His son Allan was born in early 1915 and is unlikely to have known his father.
Thomas was awarded the 1914 star, Victory and British War medals and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

FRANK REYNOLDS

Engine Room Artificer 3rd class Royal Navy HMS Good Hope M.1404. (PO)
Frank was born on 17th March 1888 in Stafford, youngest child of Thomas and Hannah Reynolds. He was a fitter and turner when he enlisted in the Royal Navy in November 1909. In the 1911 census, he was a patient at the Royal Naval Hospital, Haslar, Gosport. He married his wife Alice Mildred in the last three months of 1912, and their son Reginald was born a year later. The family lived in Wallington Rd, Copnor.
In February 1911, he joined HMS Good Hope but served for a month on HMS Terrible at the beginning of 1913. He returned to HMS Good Hope in February 1913 and lost his life on 1st November 1914 when the ship was sunk in the Battle of Coronel off the Chilean coast. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.
Frank is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

EDWIN STANLEY ROBINSON

Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class Royal Navy HMS Zulu 272361
Edwin was born on 14th September 1885 in Portsmouth, second son of James and Josephine Robinson. He married his wife Elsie in 1908 and their son Norman was born in 1909. He enlisted in the Royal Navy in April 1907. In civilian life he was a boiler maker and he began his naval career as an acting Engine Room Artificer. In 1911 census, he and his family were living with his older brother and his family in Funtington Road. Later Edwin, Elsie and Norman moved to 48 Folkestone Road, Copnor.
At the outbreak of war, he was serving on HMS Princess Royal. He died on 8th November 1916, age 31, when his vessel, the destroyer HMS Zulu, was mined and damaged in the Dover Straits. He is buried in the Calais Southern Cemetery, France. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals and is commemorated on the Portsmouth City Centre WW1 Memorial.

FREDERICK CHARLES SHEATH

Gunner Royal Navy, HMS Bulwark
Frederick was born on 11th December 1880 at Sandown Isle of Wight, son of Walter and Mary Sheath. He married his wife Ellen in 1905 and they had two children, Leslie born 1906 and Phyllis born 1908. The family lived at 4 Woodmancote Road, Milton.
Frederick was an able seaman at HMS Excellent Gunnery School in the Royal Navy in the 1901 census. He was a first-class Petty Officer on H.M.S. Talbot at Port Arthur when the Russian-Japanese War broke out. He was afterwards torpedo instructor on HMS Bulldog, and was appointed Warrant Officer on the Bulwark in January 1914. He was killed on 26th November 1914 by an accidental internal explosion on HMS Bulwark off Sheerness in the Thames Estuary.
Frederick is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Ventnor War Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.

VICTOR JAMES SMITH

Engine Room Artificer 4th Class Torpedo Boat No.10 Royal Navy M2197 (Po)

Victor was born on 28th June 1894 in Senglea Malta, son of William and Emma Smith. In the 1911 census, he was a boy artificer in RN on HMS Fisgard, a Boy Artificers’ Training Establishment off Hardway, Gosport. He signed up for twelve years in the Royal Navy on his eighteenth birthday. He died, age 21, on 10th June 1915 when his vessel was torpedoed by a German submarine in the North Sea. When he died, his parents were living at “The Hut,” Baffins Rd., Copnor, Portsmouth.
Victor is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.

WILLIAM JAMES SMITH

Private 14th Battalion Hampshire Regiment 13943 (Pompey Pals)
William was born in 1896 in Portsmouth, eldest son of William and Susan Smith. In 1911 census, he was living with his parents at 3 Alma Terrace, Milton and he was a shop boy.
In 1914, he volunteered with many other Portsmouth men for the 1st Portsmouth Battalion and after training, proceeded to France, landing at Le Havre on the 6th of March 1916. William died on 23rd July 1916, age 20 years, whilst in action in an attack near Richebourg l’Avoue, France. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals
He is buried at St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L’avoue, Pas De Calais, France and commemorated on the Pompey Pals Memorial at Fratton Park and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

WILLIAM JOSEPH SMITH

Mechanician HMS Good Hope 283349 (Po)
William was born on 1st July 1877 in Newbury, Berkshire. He married his wife Ada in 1902. At the time of his death, they were living at 66 Folkestone Road, Copnor.
Before he enlisted in the Royal Navy on 7th September 1896, he was a servant (Boots). He was a stoker 2nd class on HMS Caesar and served on at least fifteen other ships before his final ship, HMS Good Hope, being a Mechanician on the last eight ships. He died on 1st November 1914 when HMS Good Hope was sunk in action off the Chilean coast at the Battle of Coronel.
William is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.

HARRY SOUTHON

Artificer Engineer HMS Defence (271500)
Harry was born on 9th September 1882 in Portsmouth, son of William and Hannah Southon. He married his wife Ellen in 1903 and they had three children, Grace born 1904, Harry born 1907 and Olive born 1912. The family lived at 19 Ripley Grove, Copnor.
He was a coppersmith before he joined the Navy in 1904, for 12 years. In the 1911 census, he was an Engine Room Artificer on HMS Attentive. During the war, he was on patrol duty in the Mediterranean and the North Sea. He was killed in action at the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916, age 33 years.
Harry was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals and is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

ERNEST GEORGE CHARLES STRATFORD

Rifleman London Regiment (City of London Rifles) 323378
Ernest was born on 7th August 1892 in Donegal, Ireland, only son of George and Alice Stratford of 88 Folkestone Road, Copnor. In the 1911 census, he was boarding in Hastings where he was a draper’s shop assistant.
He joined the 4th Battalion, The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment on 7th May 1915 and served with the Expeditionary Force in France from 1st September 1916. He was transferred to 6th Battalion London Regiment and took part in the fighting at Hill 60 on 17 May 1917. He was at Messines in June, was wounded at Westhuck and killed in action near Cambrai on 7th December 1917, age 25 years. He was buried at a point west of Flesquieres, south of Cambrai.
His Commanding Officer wrote,” His death was a great shock to me, and also his comrades; he was loved by all, and none could replace him in his platoon, as his cheerfulness under all circumstances infected all whom he came in contact.”
Ernest is commemorated on Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.

FRANK EDWARD SUTTON

Able Seaman HMS Black Prince 236341
Frank was born on 17th November 1890 in Portsmouth, second son of William and Elizabeth Sutton.
He joined the Navy straight from The Royal Hospital School, Greenwich as Boy 2nd class in May 1906 and enlisted on his eighteenth birthday in 1908 for 12 years. In 1911, he was serving on HMS Good Hope and his father was boarding at 35 Folkestone Road, Copnor. At the outbreak of war, Frank was an Able Seaman on HMS Black Prince but died on 13st May 1916 when the ship was lost at the Battle of Jutland. He was 25 years old.
Frank is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.
RICHARD THOMPSON Company Sergeant Major 15th Battalion Hampshire Regiment (Pompey Pals) 19435
Richard was born in 1879 in Nantwich, Cheshire. He married his wife Rhoda in 1902 and they had three children, Olive born 1903, Eileen born 1912 and Lewis born 1914. In 1911 census, the family were living in Russell Street, Southsea and Richard was a police constable. By 1916, the family had moved to 27 Milton Road, Copnor.
Richard would have enlisted in 1915 in the 2nd Portsmouth Battalion, which became the 15th Battalion. He arrived in France in early May 1916. He was wounded on 15th September and sent home to England. He died from his wounds on 31st October 1916, age 38, and was buried in Portsmouth (Kingston) Cemetery. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.
He is commemorated on the Portsmouth City Police Memorial in the Portsmouth Guildhall, WW1 Memorial at St. John’s RC Cathedral and the Pompey Pals Memorial at Fratton Park.

ALFRED GEORGE THRESHER

Private 14th Battalion Hampshire Regiment 12689 (Pompey Pals)
Alfred was born in 1896 in Portsmouth, eldest son of Edwin and Minnie Thresher. In the 1911 census, he was living with his parents in Gunner Street, Kingston and was a clerk for Curtiss & Sons Ltd, carriers.
In 1914, he volunteered with many other Portsmouth men for the 1st Portsmouth Battalion and after training, proceeded to France, landing at Le Havre on the 6th of March 1916. Alfred died on 3rd September 1916, age 20 years, when the Battalion went into a full-scale battle for the first time on the River Ancre in the Battle of the Somme.
Alfred was awarded the Victory and British War medals and is buried at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. He is commemorated on the Pompey Pals Memorial at Fratton Park and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.
WILFRED TILBURY Private Royal Marine Light Infantry PO/16403
Wilfred was born on 31st July 1894 at Catherington, Hampshire, second son of William and Katherine Tilbury.
In the1911 census, he was a pot-man at the Coach and Horses Public House, Hilsea where he also lived. He enlisted in the Royal Marines on 13th August 1912 at Gosport. He married Violet in the first three months of 1916 and they lived at 51 Ripley Grove, Copnor. He died on 5th June 1916 aboard HMS Hampshire, a cruiser which was mined and sunk off the Orkneys. (Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State for War, and his staff were aboard and also died.)
Wilfred was 22 years old and was buried in Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery, Isle of Hoy, Orkney. He is commemorated at St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth and was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.

ALFRED PATRICK TIPPLE

Able seaman Royal Navy HMS Africa J.4896 (Po)
Alfred was born on 30th January 1892 in Canning Town, Essex, the third son of George and Annie Tipple.
He was a butcher/slaughterer in civilian life. In June 1909, he was a boy seaman on HMS Ganges II, HMS Cressy and HMS Illustrious before he signed up in the Royal Navy in January 1910 for twelve years. In 1911 census, he was an ordinary seaman on HMS Hampshire. He joined HMS Africa in September 1916 at Portsmouth and the ship was part of the Central Mediterranean and South Atlantic convoys. By the time it reached Freetown, Sierra Leone, there were hundreds of cases of influenza amongst the crew. Between 5th and 28th September 1918, 51 crew members had died, one of them being Alfred, He died on 14th September 1918, aged 26 and was buried in Freetown (King Tom) Cemetery, Sierra Leone.
Alfred was awarded the Victory and British War medals and is commemorated at St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

GEORGE JAMES TOWILLS

Leading Stoker HMS Black Prince RN K/4417(Po)
George was born on 10th October 1887 in Portsea. In 1909 he was a waiter before he signed up for 12 years in the Royal Navy. In 1911 census, he was a stoker on HMS Superb. He joined HMS Black Prince in April 1914. He married his wife Ruby in 1915 and they lived at 102 Dover Road, Copnor. Their son Ronald was born in 1916 around the time of George’s death on 31st May 1916 when his ship was lost at the Battle of Jutland. George was 29 years old. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.
He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

ALBERT LEOPOLD WADMORE

Sapper Corps of Royal Engineers (32nd Base Park Company R.E.) T1662, 518854
Albert was born in 1878 in Portsmouth, third son of Edwin and Georgina Wadmore. He married his wife Lily in 1899. In 1911 census, he was a house decorator and was living with his wife and children, Lily born 1900, Violet born 1905, Leslie born 1907 and William born 1909, in Powerscourt Road. Soon afterwards, another daughter Dorothy was born. During the war years, the family lived at 15 St Piran’s Avenue, Copnor.
Albert was a member of the Territorial Forces, a sapper in the Hampshire (Fortress) Company on home coastal defence duties. In October 1915, he was moved to France. He travelled to Marseilles and sailed for Alexandria in Egypt then went on to Salonika on the 4th of January 1916. Later in the year the Royal Engineers were in action during the occupation of Mazirko and the capture of Barakli Jum’a. In 1917 they were involved in the capture of Ferdie and Essex Trenches (near Barakli Jum’a) and then the capture of Barakli and Kumli.
Albert died on 7th March 1918, aged 39 and was buried in Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery, Greece. He is commemorated on Portsmouth City Centre WW1 Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.

HENRY JAMES WALTERS

Chief Petty Officer HMS Good Hope 179888 (Dev)
Henry was born on 6th June 1877 in Portsmouth, the eldest son of John and Jane Walters. He married his wife Alice in 1903 but did not have any children. In 1914, his parents were living at 32 Chasewater Avenue, Copnor. He and his wife lived at 4 Milton Road, Copnor and she continued to live there until she died in 1961.
He enlisted in the Royal Navy in June 1895. At the outbreak of war, he was sent to the South Atlantic on HMS Good Hope. He died at the Battle of Coronel, off the Chilean coast, on 1st November 1914, age 37 years. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.
Henry is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

HORACE JOHN NEATE WHITEHEAD

Sergeant Major (Trade Armament) No 18 Ordnance Mobile Workshop, Royal Army Ordnance Corps T/446 attached to Royal Field Artillery
Horace was born on 25th January 1887 in Portsmouth, the second son of James and Amy Whitehead. He was brought up in Malins Road, but by 1911 census, the family had moved to 29 St Piran’s Avenue, Copnor. His married brother Alfred lived at 2 Ripley Grove, Copnor.
At the outbreak of war, he was a member of the Army Ordnance Corps Territorial Force. He enlisted at Woolwich but as Portsmouth was also home to significant Territorial Force units, he probably served in Portsmouth. The Royal Field Artillery had a depot at Hilsea.
He was sent abroad on 28th September 1914 and was expected home in 1918 but died in an accident on 25th October 1918, aged 32 years. He received two gallantry awards in 1918 from the French President.

Gallantry Awards Croix de Guerre
London Gazette Date: 16/04/1918 Gazette Issue: 30638 Gazette Page: 4716
The President of the French Republic has presented the Croix de Guerre, for distinguished service rendered during the course of the campaign. The Decoration has been awarded by the Allied Powers to the British Forces. His Majesty the King has given unrestricted permission in all cases to wear the Decoration in question.
T/446 Armament Staff Serjeant (Acting Armament Serjeant-Major) Horace John Whitehead Army Ordnance Corps (Portsmouth)

Gallantry Awards: Médaille Militaire
London Gazette Date: 26/11/1918 Gazette Issue 31039 Gazette Page: 14094
The non-commissioned officer was awarded the French decoration Médaille Militaire for distinguished services rendered during the course of the campaign.
T/446 Temporary Armament Sergeant Major Horace John Whitehead, Army Ordnance Department (Portsmouth)

He is buried at Auberchicourt British Cemetery, France and commemorated on St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth. He was also awarded the Victory and British War medals.

HENRY PERCY WIDGERY

Shipwright HMS Invincible 347682
Henry was born on 9th April 1887 in Portsmouth, the second son of William and Sarah Widgery. He married his wife Beatrice in 1913. They lived at 71 Chasewater Avenue, Copnor.
He served in Portsmouth Dockyard as a Boy Shipwright from January 1903 and enlisted in April 1905 for twelve years. He joined HMS Invincible in 1912 and died on 31st May 1916, age 29 years, at the Battle of Jutland. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.
Henry is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

HARRY WILLIAM WILEMAN

Leading Stoker HMS Tipperary K.13000. (Po)
Harry was born on 12th January 1892 in Moseley, Worcestershire, youngest son of George and Amelia Wileman. In the 1911 census, he and his wife Elsie have a seven-month son named George. Harry was a chocolate mixer. The family moved to 12 Dover Road, Copnor when he joined the Navy. They had twin girls, Joan and Margaret, who were born in 1916 after their father had died.
He enlisted in the Royal Navy in October 1911 for twelve years and he gave his occupation as a fitter and turner. He served on HMS Renown and HMS Grafton before joining HMS Tipperary in 1915. He lost his life at the Battle of Jutland on 1st June 1916, aged 24 years. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.
Harry is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth.

JOSEPH SIDNEY WILKINS

Lance Sergeant 14th Battalion Hampshire Regiment 3/5124 (1st Pompey Pals)
Joseph was born in 1889 in Portsmouth, youngest son of Charles and Hannah Wilkins. He was appointed Assistant Postman at Portsmouth in September 1908 and appointed Temporary Postman at Ventnor in December 1909. He was still a postman there in 1911 census, boarding with the Smith family. His widowed mother lived at 191 Dover Road, Copnor.
He enlisted at Ventnor in the 1st Portsmouth Battalion in 1914 and after training, proceeded to France, landing at Le Havre on the 6th of March 1916. He was involved in the Battle of the Somme and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry in the field. The citation reads, “For conspicuous gallantry in action. Although himself badly shaken by a shell, with two men he attacked an enemy bombing post, killing the occupants and establishing a post there” (London Gazette Issue: 29872 Page: 12438 Date: 19/12/1916)
He lost his life at the Battle of St Julian on 31st July 1917, aged 28. He had been expected home on leave for his marriage with Miss Nellie J. Newnham of Ventnor.
He is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium, Ventnor Post Office War memorial, the Pompey Pals Memorial at Fratton Park and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth. He was also awarded the Victory and British War medals.

ARTHUR ALBERT WILSON

Stoker 1st class HMS Queen Mary 305651 (Po)
Arthur was born on 9th May 1885 in Whitechapel, London, the third son of Thomas and Charlotte Wilson. In 1891 census, the family had recently moved to Holdenhurst, near Bournemouth and ten years later, they were in Winton, both in Hampshire.
He was a carter before he joined the Royal Navy on 28th December 1903 for twelve years. In 1911 census, he was a stoker 1st class on Torpedo Boat 025, a tender to HMS Vernon in Portsmouth. In September 1913, he joined HMS Queen Mary.
Arthur died on 31st May 1916, aged 31 years, when the ship was lost at the Battle of Jutland. He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.

ARTHUR JOHN WOTTON

Electrical Artificer 2nd class HMS Caledon M992 (PO)
Arthur was born on 17th January 1887 in Islington, Middlesex, second son of Joseph and Susan Wotton. In 1901 census, he was living with his family in Ilford, Essex. He married his wife Bessie in 1907. Their son Arthur was born in 1908. In 1911 census, the family were living in Shearer Road. They had three more sons, Alexander born 1911, Wilfred born 1916 and John born 1918. The family were living at 6 Kimbolton Road, Copnor by the time Arthur died.
He was a fitter and turner when he enlisted in the Royal Navy in May 1909. In the 1911 census, he was an electrician 4th Class on HMS Neptune, a battleship in Portsmouth, and he remained on that ship until September 1918. He became an electrical artificer in July 1913. He joined HMS Caledon in October 1918 but died from influenza on 13th December 1918,
He is buried in Portsmouth (Milton) Cemetery and is commemorated on the St. Cuthbert’s Church WW1 Memorial, Copnor, Portsmouth. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.