|1. Memorial:||Portsmouth Naval Memorial||Hampshire|
|2. Book:||The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918||Pg.125|
|3. Memorial:||The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour||23D GQS|
Awards & Titles:
|China War Medal (1900) |
- The First World War 1914-1918, World-wide.
|Unit / Ship / Est.: HMS Shark|
HMS Shark, was an Acasta-class destroyer sunk during the Battle of Jutland on the evening of 31 May 1916. She joined the 4th Destroyer Flotilla on completion and served with the Grand Fleet on the outbreak of World War I. Shortly afterwards the ship helped sink the German minelayer K?nigin Luise. During the Battle of Jutland, the 4th Flotilla was attached to Admiral David Beatty's Battlecruiser Fleet based at Rosyth, and assigned to cover the 3rd Battlecruiser Squadron. During the battle, at around 6 pm, the destroyer led an unsuccessful torpedo attack by the flotilla on the German 2nd Scouting Group. The other three destroyers escaped with little damage, but Shark was crippled by gunfire.  The forecastle gun was completely blown away with most of its gun crew shortly before the captain, Commander Loftus Jones, declined an offer of assistance from the destroyer HMS Acasta. Soon afterwards the aft 4 inch gun was also destroyed and the bridge wrecked. Jones and three seamen continued working the midship gun, engaging nearby German destroyers and leading to the sinking of V48. The German destroyers closed on the ship and returned heavy fire, during which Jones lost a leg. Shortly before 7 pm he ordered the ship to be abandoned and around thirty of the crew managed to get onto the rafts, including the mortally wounded Jones. Seven were picked up six hours later by a Danish ship, but one died soon afterwards. At 7 pm the destroyer was sunk by a torpedo launched by the German torpedo boat S54 and which hit her abreast of the aft funnel. In March 1917 Jones was gazetted with a posthumous Victoria Cross.. The wrecksite is designated as a protected place under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986.
|Action : 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.
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|Mother :||United Service No. 1428 E.C.||Hampshire & IOW|
14th November 1902
12th December 1902
9th January 1903
One of 3 Engine Room Artificers from HMS Aoia (1902) who were initiated, passed and raised on the same dates. The others were Bracey and Bonney, Friends? Whereas Bracey resigned, Bonney went on and survived.
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
- Founder Researchers : Paul Masters & Mike McCarthy
- Researcher : Bruce Littley