1. Memorial:Chatham Naval Memorial1 Kent
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.116
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour50C GQS

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Early Life :

Born in South Stoneham/Southampton, Hampshire to Reuben and Eleanor Barnard. Siblings: Frank (b.1887), William (b.1889) and Henry James (b.1890).His father also served in the Royal Navy (Ships Cook) so unsurprising that we see lots of movement in those early years, and this provides an early start into what will turn into a career for Reuben Junior.

He married Louisa Gertrude in 1906 and by 1911 living at 114 Hope Street, Sheerness, Kent

Family :

Wife: Louisa Gertrude (b1881-d.) Native of Dartmouth.
Son: Edward Lewis (b.1910-d.) Born at Sheerness in Kent.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: HMS Hogue 

"HMS Hogue was a Cressy-class armoured cruiser in the Royal Navy. Hogue was sunk with her sisters HMS Aboukir and HMS Cressy by the German U-boat U-9 on 22 September 1914, while serving as part of the ""Live Bait Squadron"". Over a thousand lives were lost."

Action : The Live Bait Squadron, Sinking of 

The Live Bait Squadron. In the early weeks of the war, three elderly armoured cruisers - HMS Aboukir, HMS Hogue, HMS Cressy - were assigned to patrol an area off the Dutch coast . Because they were old, slow and generally under-gunned, these vessels were, with jocularity, described as the 'Live Bait Squadron', and some in the Admiralty expressed doubts over the wisdom of assigning such ships to this duty. These fears were proved valid on 22 September 1914 when the three 'Live Bait' ships were sunk by torpedoes fired by the German U-boat U-9. A total of 1,459 British sailors, many of them cadets or reservists, died in this action.

At around 6 am on 22 September the three cruisers were steaming at 10 knots (19 km/h) in line ahead and they were spotted by the U-9, commanded by Lt. Otto Weddigen. Although they were not zigzagging, all of the ships had lookouts posted to search for periscopes and one gun on each side of each ship was manned. Weddigen ordered his submarine to submerge and closed the range to the unsuspecting British ships. At close range, he fired a single torpedo at the Aboukir. The torpedo broke the back of the Aboukir and she sank within 20 minutes with the loss of 527 men. The captains of the Cressy and Hogue thought the Aboukir had struck a floating mine and came forward to assist her. They stood by and began to pick up survivors. At this point, Weddigen fired two torpedoes into the Hogue, mortally wounding that ship. As the Hogue sank, the captain of the Cressy realised that the squadron was being attacked by a submarine, and tried to flee. However, Weddigen fired two more torpedoes into the Cressy, and sank her as well. The entire battle had lasted less than two hours, and cost the British three warships, 62 officers and 1,397 ratings. Coming on the heels of the loss of the light cruiser HMS Pathfinder earlier to another submarine attack, this incident established the U-boat as a major weapon in the conduct of naval warfare.

As Winston Churchill was first lord of the Admiralty at the time, these casualties became known as 'Winston's War Babies'. The loss of these vessels, and the sinking of HMS Pathfinder on 5 September, prompted Admiral Jellicoe to withdraw his most valuable ships to ports outwith the U-boats' range. Otto Weddigen returned to Germany as the first naval hero of the war and received the Iron Cross, first class. His crew each received the Iron Cross, second class. Weddigen was himself killed in March 1915 during a raid in the Pentland Firth when his submarine was rammed by HMS Dreadnought. 11 Freemasons died on HMS Aboukir; Brothers ASSITER, COURT, HESTER, HEWLETT, LEATHWOOD, PARSONS, PLUME, SARGENT, STEVENS, WELSH & YOUNG. None of their bodies were recovered and they are all remembered on the CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL. In this one action on 22nd September 1914, 32 freemasons lost their lives - one of the darkest days for the craft in the war. On this one day two lodges each lost 7 members: LORD CHARLES BERESFORD LODGE NO. 2404 and UNITED SERVICE LODGE No 1341, both based in the Province of East Kent

Enlisted for Service on 29th September 1899, initially for 12 years. He was in service as a boy prior to this as his full service starts on his 18th birthday. The record shows he started in the Navy on the 1st December 1896. Service No. 341409. His full career shows him serving aboard
HMS Pembroke (1896)
HMS Vernon
HMS Britannia
HMS Repulse
HMS Argonaut
HMS Rinaldo (1903) P.O.
HMS Hearty
HMS Barham
HMS Royal Oak
HMS Swutson?
HMS Endymion (1908) Ships Steward
HMS Bulwark
HMS Blenheim
HMS Hogue

Detail :

Rueben George, Ship's Steward, HMS Hogue.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Northern Star of China No. 2673 E.C.China
Joined : United Service No. 3124 E.C. East Kent

3rd March 1903
31st March 1903
8th May 1903

Mother Lodge is 2673. Joined United Service Lodge on 28th May 1909

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