1. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.116
2. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour59A GQS

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Family :

Probate: BAXTER, Henry William of 35 Sidney Road, Gillingham, Kent. Canteen Manager HMS Invincible. Died 31st May 1916 at sea. Administration at London 26th January to Alice Maud Baxter - widow. Effects 354 2s 10d.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: HMS Invincible 

Class and type: Invincible class battlecruiser Displacement: 17,526 tons Length: 567 ft (173 m) Beam: 78 ft 6 in (23.9 m) Draught: 25 ft (7.6 m) normal; 29 ft 7 in (9.0 m) deep Propulsion: Parsons geared steam turbines producing 41,000 shp; 4 shafts Speed: 25.5 knots (47.2 km/h) Range: 2,270 nautical miles (4,200 km) at 23 knots (43 km/h) 3,090 nautical miles (5,720 km) at 10 knots (19 km/h) Complement: 784 (up to 1000 in wartime) Armament: 8 ? BL 12-inch (304.8 mm) Mk X guns (4?2) 16 ? QF 4-inch (101.6 mm) Mk III guns (16?1) 7 ? Maxim machine guns (7?1) 5 ? 18 inch (45.7 mm) torpedo tubes (4 broadside, 1 stern) 1 ? 3 inch anti aircraft gun (added 1914)

Action : Jutland - HMS Invincible (sinking of) 

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 Luetzow, 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.

Of those brethren lost their lives at Jutland, 16 of which were members of UNITED SERVICE LODGE No 1428.

Detail :

Recorded on the Chatham Naval Memorial (31st May 1916)

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Beacon Court No. 1967 E.C.East Kent
Joined : Per Mare per Terram No. 3609 E.C. East Kent

20th September 1906
24th October 1906
28th November 1906

On the 9th October 1912, a John Henry Baxter was joined to Per Mare Per Terram Lodge No. 3609. It is recorded in the entry that he was "Killed in Action - May 1916". There is a strikethrough the his given name and Wm (William) entered as a correction. He joined from Beacon Court Lodge No.1967.

His name is recorded as William Henry in Beacon Court Lodge, so there has been a misrepresentation of his name leading to him being recorded as J.H. Baxter in the 1921 book Masonic Roll of Honour.

Discrepancies (Require checks, clarity or further research) :

To add confusion to this person, he is recorded as Henry William, William Henry or John Henry.

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