|1. Memorial:||Portsmouth Naval Memorial||20 Hampshire|
|2. Book:||The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918||Pg.124|
|3. Memorial:||The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour||19C GQS|
Awards & Titles:
- The First World War 1914-1918, World-wide.
|Unit :||HMS Invincible|
HMS Invincible was a battlecruiser of the Royal Navy, the lead ship of her class of three, and the first battlecruiser to be built by any country in the world. In March 1913, she collided with the Submarine C-34. At the beginning of the First World War, she took part in the action at the Battle of Heligoland Bight on 28 August 1914, before being sent along with her sister HMS Inflexible to the South Atlantic where she fought in the first Battle of the Falkland Islands on 8 December 1914. In this battle, she fired off 513 12 inch shells at the enemy. At the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916, she was the flagship of the 3rd Battlecruiser Squadron. She was hit in her Q turret by a salvo from L?tzow, which blew the roof off the turret over the side. It was either this shell hit which caused a flash down the magazine or a second shell in the same salvo that penetrated the armour and exploded in the magazine, causing a massive explosion. The ship broke in two and sank with the loss of all but six of her crew of 1,021. One of the survivors, Gunnery Officer Hubert Dannreuther, was the godson of composer Richard Wagner, while another was a Royal Marine stationed inside Q turret. Admiral Hood was among the dead. 16 Freemasons were amongst those who were lost in the Invincible. BEST WJ Chief Petty Officer BOWDITCH William Corporal CLAPSON Joseph Corporal DUNNAWAY AM Engine Room Artificer EMBLING AG Engine Room Artificer HARRIS AE Mechanician HARVEY Harry Shipwright 2nd Class HUNT Willian Clarke Chief Gunner JOHNSON TA Electrician JONES Owen Petty Officer LE SEELLEUR John Thomas Lieutenant LUKER Frederick Chief Boatswain MAIN Reuben Engineer Commander MELVIN W Mechanician MORTIMER Frederick Leading Stoker POTTER Henry Alexander Petty Officer 6 were from UNITED SERVICE LODGE No 1428. In total 67 Brethren lost their lives at Jutland, 16 of which were members if UNITED SERVICE LODGE No 1428.
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.
|Type||Lodge Name and No.||Province/District :|
|Mother :||Elms No. 1212 E.C.||Devonshire|
21st December 1910
15th February 1911
15th March 1911
The project globally acknowledges the following as sources of information for research across the whole database:
- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- The (UK) National Archives
- Ancestry.co.uk - Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History online
- ugle.org.uk - The records of the United Grand Lodge of England including the Library and Museum of Freemasonry
- Researcher : Bruce Littley