1. Memorial:Portsmouth Naval Memorial Hampshire
2. Book:The Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918

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Family :

Son of the late Charles and Mary Halliday (Nee Swift); husband of the late Mary Halliday.

Military :


Unit :HMS Black Prince 
Attached : 
Action :Jutland 

Lieutenant, HMS Excellent, Portsmouth (1907).

Detail :

As a member of Rear Admiral Sir Robert Keith Arbuthnot's First Cruiser Squadron, the Black Prince participated in the Battle of Jutland, where she was sunk with heavy loss of life. The circumstances under which she sank were mysterious for some years after. During the battle, the ship lost contact with the rest of the British fleet, sending off a wireless signal at 8:48 to report a submarine sighting. As the British had lost contact and did not see the ship destroyed, they were unsure as to whether a submarine or surface ship was responsible for sinking the Black Prince. Recent historians, however, hold to the German account of the ship's sinking. Separated from the rest of the British fleet, the Black Prince approached the German lines at approximately midnight. Realizing his error, Bonham ordered his crew to turn around, but it was too late. The German battleship Th?ringen fixed the Black Prince in its spotlights and opened fire. Up to five other German ships, most of them within 1000 yards, joined in the bombardment; the Black Prince was sunk within 15 minutes. 16 Freemasons were amongst those who were lost in the Black Prince. GRIER William James Boatswain HALLIDAY Charles Frederick Lieutenant LEMON Herbert Sidney Artificer MIDDLETON Albert Artificer MORRELL William Anthony Gunner PAUL FE Chief Cook PIKE William George Henry Engineer Artificer In total 67 Brethren lost their lives at Jutland.

The Battle of Jutland was the largest naval battle of World War I, and the only full-scale clash of battleships in that war. It is considered to be the largest conventional naval battle in history. It was fought on 31 May - 1 June 1916, in the North Sea near Jutland, Denmark. The combatants were the Imperial German Navy's High Seas Fleet, commanded by Vice-Admiral Reinhard Scheer, and the British Royal Navy's Grand Fleet, commanded by Admiral Sir John Jellicoe. The German fleet's intention was to lure out, trap and destroy a portion of the Grand Fleet, as the German numbers were insufficient to engage the entire British fleet at one time. This formed part of a larger strategy to break the British blockade of the North Sea and to allow German mercantile shipping to operate. Meanwhile, the Royal Navy pursued a strategy to engage and destroy the High Seas Fleet, or keep the German force bottled up and away from Britain's own shipping lanes. Considered a tactical victory for the Germans but a resounding strategic victory for the British.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Royal Naval College and United Service No. 1593 E.C.London

8th October 1907
11th February 1908
10th March 1908

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