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Roll of Honour World War I

No.

Surname

Forenames

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296

Pope

Walter

G H

Left Mercury in 1892 to join the Royal Navy at HMS St Vincent. Later joined the Regulating Branch and was Master-at-Arms in the cruiser HMS Good Hope when she was sunk with all hands at the Battle of Coronel off the coast of Chile, 1st November 1914. His name is on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

0333

 

Bradford

John

A regular soldier serving as a Private with the 2nd Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment. One of the 'Old Contemptibles' of the BEF, he was killed in action on 12th October 1914 during the retreat from Mons. Has no known grave and is commemorated on the La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial on the River Marne in France.

0335

Willmer

Charles

Archibald

Royal Marines Bandsman. Took part in the Benin Expedition of 1897. Band Sergeant in the cruiser HMS Monmouth and went down with his ship at the Battle of Coronel 1st November 1914. His name is on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

0512

Vear

James
Victor

Served as a Lance Corporal with the 9th Battalion East Surrey Regiment. In October 1915 the battalion took heavy casualties at the Battle of Loos and James was one of a number taken prisoner. He died on 9th October 1915, presumably of wounds. After the end of WW1 all British POWs who had died in German hands were reburied, mostly in the Cologne Southern Cemetery, where James' remains now lie.

0554

Pitt

Chesney
Lewis

After twelve years service with the 7th Hussars he emigrated to Western Australia. In October 1916 he enlisted as a Private with the 48th Battalion of the Australian Infantry. He was killed in the Somme region on 3rd October 1918 and is buried at the Picquigny British Cemetery near Amiens. His name is also on the Australian National War Memorial in Canberra

0667

 

Kibblewhite

Thomas

Charles

Left Mercury in 1900 to join the Merchant Service. During the First World War he served as an Able Seaman with the Royal Naval Reserve and was in the cruiser HMS Euryalus when he was one of 63 of the ship's crew killed while landing the 1st Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers from open boats at 'W' Beach, Gallipoli on the 25th April 1915. At the storming of this well defended open beach the Lancashire's famously won their 'six VCs before breakfast'. His name is on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

0691

 

Griffin

Walter

According to Mercury Magazines he was a Corporal with the 4th Battalion Manchester Regiment and was killed in action in France on 16th June 1915 but no Walter Griffin is listed as a casualty with that regiment during WW1. However, it is known that he rejoined the Army in 1914 and it is more likely he is the Walter Griffin listed as dying of wounds on 20th June 1915 while serving with the 3rd Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment.

0692

 

Matthews

Harold

Bandsman with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Killed in action in France 12th July 1915. Buried in the Military Extension to the Churchyard of the village of Erquinghem-Lys near Armentières.

0700

 

Doherty

Joseph

Patrick

A Platoon Sergeant with the 3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment who had also served in the South African campaign. Declined a field commission and was killed in France while leading his men in an attack on enemy positions on the 29th April 1916. Buried in the Ecoivres Military Cemetery near Arras.

0729

 

Sheppard

William

James

Joined the Royal Navy at HMS Impregnable in April 1905 and was an Able Seaman in the destroyer HMS Shark sunk at the Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916. His name is on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

0732

 

Tring

Edward

Joined the Royal Marines as a Bandsman in 1904 and was in the St. Vincent Class battleship HMS Vanguard when she sank at Scapa Flow following an explosion from an unknown cause 9th July 1917. 843 men went down with the ship making it the Royal Navy's biggest single loss of life. His name is on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

0762

 

Selway

Upton

Joined the Royal Navy in 1903 at HMS Impregnable and was a Petty Officer in the battleship HMS Neptune when he died on 30th November 1918. Buried in the Dalmeny and Queensferry Cemetery in Scotland.

0771

 

Riley

Arthur

After he left Mercury in 1903 he worked ashore but on the outbreak of war joined the Mercantile Marine Reserve. He was a steward in the armed merchant cruiser HMS Alcantara torpedoed and sunk in the Skaggerak during an action with the German raider Greif on 29th February 1916. 73 of the crew were lost including Arthur Riley. His name is on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

0789

Balchin

Sidney
Reynolds

In 1911 he joined the 78th Brigade Royal Field Artillery and was posted to Campbellpore in India's North West Frontier Province.  Later during WW1 he saw action in France with the RFA's 5th Reserve Brigade. In February 1917 he was sent home after contracting a form of TB. This led to his discharge in August 1917 and his eventual death in Portsmouth in January 1918.

0815

Perry

Arthur
Theodore

After Mercury he emigrated to New Zealand with his parents. At the outbreak of WW1 he joined the New Zealand Army Medical Corp as a Private and embarked with the New Zealand Infantry Brigade for Egypt in October 1914. With the Brigade he later went to Gallipoli with the ANZAC's where he died of wounds on 22 May 1915. He is buried at the Beach Cemetery in Anzac Cove, Gallipoli.

0842

Beavis

Godfrey
Horace

From Mercury he joined a band of the Lancashire Fusiliers based in Ireland. In 1913 he emigrated to Canada and settled in British Columbia. During WW1 he joined the Vancouver based 72nd Battalion of the Canadian Infantry (Seaforth Highlanders of Canada) and travelled to France with the Battalion in August 1916. Godfrey was killed in action in the Canal-du-Nord region on 29th September 1918. His name is on the Vimy Memorial.

0866

Wellings

 

Henry
William

In November 1908 he enlisted with the 6th Dragoon Guards. In 1912 he qualified as a machine gunner and was with the Battalion when it landed in France in August 1914 as part of the Cavalry Division of the BEF. At Messines on the 31st October Henry won the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) for rescuing wounded men of the 1st London Scottish under heavy shell fire and later the same day for showing great gallantry in resisting the enemy at close range. In June 1916 he transferred to the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry and in April 1917 he was commissioned in the field as a 2nd Lieutenant and seconded to the 17th Battalion Machine Gun Corps. He was badly wounded in the Acheux area on 19th October 1918 and died the following day. Henry is buried in the Gezaincourt Communal Cemetery Extension and his name is on the War Memorial in St Pauls Church, Cove near Wolverhampton. He was also awarded The Cross Of St George (Russia).

0893

 

Hubie-Axe

William

Cecil

Joined the Royal Navy at HMS Ganges in August 1906 and was an Able Seaman in the cruiser HMS Hawke, one of the oldest vessels in the fleet, when she was torpedoed 60 miles off Aberdeen by U9 on 15th October 1914. Over 500 men, including William, went down with their ship. His name is on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

0898

 

Ennever

Samuel

Francis

Left Mercury in 1909 to join the 2nd Battalion Norfolk Regiment as a Band Boy. At the end of April 1916 he was serving as a Private with the regiment when he was captured by the Turks after the siege and eventual fall of Kut. Of the 261 survivors from the Norfolks taken prisoner at Kut only 78 came home. Samuel was not one of them. He was interned at Angora and died of dysentery on 22nd February 1918 at the Maltepe Hospital. He was originally buried in the Ferikoy Protestant Cemetery in Istanbul but was later reburied with other POWs at the Haidar Pasha CWGC Cemetery in Kadikoy. He is also commemorated at the East London Cemetery, Plaistow, London.

0922

 

Head

William

Frederick

Joined the Norfolk Regiment as a Band Boy in 1909. Served as a Private with the 2nd Battalion during the Mesopotamia Campaign and was another former Mercury boy to be captured by the Turks at the fall of Kut on the 29th April 1916. War office records indicate he died whilst a POW on 14th October 1916. His name is on the Basra Memorial.

0987

 

Doick

Charles

Frank

Joined the Royal Navy at HMS Impregnable in August 1910 and was an Able Seaman in the cruiser HMS Black Prince sunk at the Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916. His name is on the war memorial in Holy Trinity Churchyard, Cuckfield, Sussex and the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

0988

 

Baggs

Reginald

George

Joined Royal Navy at HMS Impregnable in August 1910 and was a Leading Seaman in the destroyer HMS Ardent sunk at the Battle of Jutland 1st June 1916. His name is on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

0992

 

Driver

Arthur

Maurice

Joined the Royal Navy at HMS Impregnable in October 1911 and was an Able Seaman in the cruiser HMS Good Hope when she was sunk with all hands at the Battle of Coronel off the coast of Chile, 1st November 1914. His name is on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and the War Memorial at All Souls Church at Hutton in Essex.

1007

Moore

Dudley

After Mercury he went to Canada. In 1922 a Mercury Magazine reported he had been killed in action in France while serving with the Canadian forces. Probably the D Moore, a Private with the 4th Battalion Central Ontario Regiment killed on 19th September 1916 during an assault by the Canadian Corps that had commenced on the 15th September as part of the Somme offensive. He is buried in the Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension north-east of Amiens.

1014

 

Steere

Archibald

George

Joined the Royal Navy at HMS Impregnable in August 1910 and was an Able Seaman Torpedoman in the 'K' Class destroyer HMS Lynx when she struck a mine in the Moray Firth on 9th August 1915. His name is on the Portsmouth Naval War Memorial.

1015

 

Wall

George

Norman

Joined the Royal Navy at HMS Impregnable in 1913 and was an Able Seaman in the cruiser HMS Black Prince sunk at the Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916. His name is on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

1023

 

May

John

Edwin

Drummer with 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 6th Division. Killed in action France 2nd November 1914. Buried in Pont du Hem Military Cemetery, La Gorge, Nord, France.

1029

 

Leonard

Harold

Joined the Royal Navy in 1912 at HMS Impregnable and was serving as an Able Seaman in the Invincible Class battle cruiser HMS Indomitable when he drowned on 17th July 1915. Buried in Dalmeny and Queensferry Cemetery, Scotland.

1031

 

Macfarlane

George

Joined the Royal Navy in 1910 at HMS Impregnable and was an Able Seaman in the cruiser HMS Black Prince when she was sunk at the Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916. His name is on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

1068

 

Cox

Dudley
James

In November 1914 he became a Gunner with the 1st Berkshire Battery of the Royal Horse Artillery and landed in Alexandria in April 1915 to join the forces defending the Suez Canal. In June 1917 his battery joined the Yeomanry Mounted Division that took part in the advance into Palestine. He was killed in action on 14th November 1917, probably during the Battle of Mughar Ridge, and his name is on the Jerusalem Memorial.

1071

 

Dale

William

Charles

Joined the Royal Navy in 1912 and was an Able Seaman in the battlecruiser HMS Invincible, flagship of the 3rd Battlecruiser Squadron when she was sunk at the Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916. His name is on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

1088

 

Leverington

Philip

Edward

Joined the Royal Navy in 1913 at HMS Impregnable and was a Signaller and was serving as a Signaller in the destroyer HMS Torch when he died of illness on the 31st October 1918. He is buried in Dunfermline Cemetery.

1104

Nash

Frederick
Barrett

Came from South Africa and after Mercury joined HMS Worcester to continue training for a cadetship in the Merchant Service. Went to sea as an Apprentice with Clan Line and lost his life 4th March 1918 while serving as Fourth Officer in the Clan Macpherson, torpedoed and sunk by U-27 north of Cape Serrat on the Tunisian Coast while on passage from Malta to Colon. His name is on the Merchant Navy Memorial on Tower Hill.

1107

 

Brookes-Ball

Julian

After leaving Mercury in 1912 he joined his father in Australia and during WWI he became a Sergeant with the 26th Australian Infantry Battalion. He was killed in action on the 29th July 1916 during the Battle of Poziéres, part of the Somme offensive. He is buried in the Poziéres British Cemetery.

1108

 

Pilcher

Harry

George

Joined the Royal Navy in 1912 at HMS Impregnable and was an Able Seaman in the cruiser HMS Black Prince when she was sunk at the Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916. His name is on the Newport, Isle of Wight War Memorial and on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

1167

 

Gadd

Victor

Henry

Joined the Royal Navy in 1913 at HMS Impregnable and was a Boy 1st Class in the Canopus Class pre-Dreadnought battleship HMS Goliath when she was sunk by a German commanded and Turkish crewed torpedo-boat destroyer off Cape Helles, Dardanelles during the Gallipoli campaign 15th May 1915. His name is on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

1225

 

Powell

Victor

Joined the Royal Navy in 1914 at HMS Impregnable and was an Able Seaman in the cruiser HMS Defence, flagship of the 1st Cruiser Squadron when she was Sunk at the Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916. His name is on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

1230

 

Clark

Thomas

Stephen

"Kruger"

Joined the Royal Navy in 1913 at HMS Impregnable and was a Boy 1st Class in the pre-Dreadnought battleship HMS Formidable sunk by U-24 off Start Point on the Devon coast 1st January 1915. his name is on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

1232

 

Distance

Francis

Joined the Royal Navy in 1914 at HMS Impregnable and was an Ordinary Seaman in the cruiser HMS Defence, flagship of the 1st Cruiser Squadron when she was sunk at the Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916. His name is on the First World War Memorial Panel in St Mary Bishophill Church, York and the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

1238

 

Cornelius

Leonard

James

Joined the Royal Navy in 1914 at HMS Impregnable and was an Ordinary Seaman in the cruiser HMS Defence flagship of the 1st Cruiser Squadron when she was sunk at the Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916. His name is on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

1273

 

Cane

Harold

Joined the Royal Navy in 1914 at HMS Impregnable and was an Ordinary Seaman in the battleship HMS Iron Duke when he died 14th November 1917. Buried in Minehead Cemetery.

1311

 

Gutteridge

Herbert

John

Joined the Royal Navy in 1915 at HMS Impregnable and was serving as a Boy 1st Class in the minesweeper HMS Dryad when he died of an illness on the 28th August 1917. Buried in Hertford Cemetery.

1317

 

Reed

William

Thomas

Royal Navy. Ordinary Seaman at HMS Vivid, the Devonport Naval Barracks. Died of pneumonia 18th October 1918. Buried in All Saints Churchyard, Steep, Hampshire.

1321

 

Curtis

James

Ernest

Royal Navy. Boy Telegraphist in the St. Vincent Class battleship HMS Vanguard that sank at Scapa Flow following an explosion from an unknown cause 9th July 1917. 843 men went down with the ship making it the Royal Navy's biggest single loss of life. His name is on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

1328

 

Dunn

John

Gordon

Royal Navy. Boy 2nd Class. Died three months after leaving Mercury at the Royal Naval Hospital, Plymouth 16th February 1916 while under training at HMS Impregnable. Buried in Chipping Campden Churchyard.

1344

 

Smythe

Robert

Robinson

Joined the Royal Navy in 1915 at HMS Impregnable and was a Boy 1st Class in the battle cruiser HMS Queen Mary when she was sunk at the Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916. His name is on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

1395

 

Woofindin

Longley

Evans

Martin

Left Mercury in May 1917 to join the shipowner R. S. Dalgleish & Co. He died at the Royal Hamadryad Seamans Hospital in Cardiff in August 1918 from injuries suffered when he fell down a ship’s hold in the port.

1457

 

Curtis

Edward

Joined the Royal Navy in 1916 at HMS Impregnable and was a Boy 1st Class in the armed merchant cruiser HMS Arlanza when he was one of four crew members killed when a shell exploded prematurely on the 23rd July 1918. He was buried at sea and his name is on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

1490

 

Rankine

John

Henry

He was a 16 year old Merchant Navy Deck Boy in the hospital ship Glenart Castle torpedoed and  sunk by U-boat UC56 20 miles off Hartland Point, Devon on 26th February 1918. A memorial to the 162 crew and military personnel who were lost was dedicated at Hartland Point in February 2002.  His name is on the Merchant Navy Memorial, Tower Hill, London.

1504

 

Odd

Sidney

Charles

Merchant Navy. Apprentice in the British flag ss Kut Sang torpedoed and sunk 40 miles ESE of Cape Palos, Spain on 29th April 1918. His name is on the Merchant Navy Memorial, Tower Hill, London and the Sutton Grammar School Memorial.

1511

 

Jenkins

David

Joined the Royal Navy in 1917 at HMS Ganges. His name is on the Mercury 1914-18 War Memorial but not in naval records. According to Mercury records he died of consumption on 14th February 1919.