1. Memorial:Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.122
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour5C GQS

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Family :

Husband of Alice French; of 18, Deer Park Rd., Newton Abbot, Devon. Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. R. French, of Babbacombe, Torquay.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: HMS Berwick 

Mike: HMS Berwick was a Monmouth-class armoured cruiser of the British Royal Navy. She was launched on 20 September 1902. In 1908 she collided with the destroyer HMS Tiger when the destroyer crossed Berwick's bows during an exercise in the English Channel, south of the Isle of Wight. Tiger was sliced in two and sank with the loss of 28 lives. She served in the First World War with most of her sisters, and survived to be sold for scrap on 1 July 1920. Berwick was eventually towed to Hamburg on 28 August 1920 to be broken up.

Action : Naval Campaign 

Naval Campaign is defined as to include all sea operations where attrition rates are in ones and twos and which do not fall within specific naval battles such as Jutland, Coronel, Falklands etc. This includes Merchant Navy losses.

Detail :

George French was a Petty Officer 1st Class. We believe he died of illness. His record in the register of the Lodge at United Grand Lodge of England quotes " Died HMS Berwick. Dec 1914".

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Lodge of Fidelity No. 230 E.C.Devonshire

6th May 1909
1st July 1909
5th August 1909

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