|1. Memorial:||Portsmouth Naval Memorial||Hampshire|
|2. Book:||The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918||Pg.132|
|3. Memorial:||The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour||6C GQS|
Awards & Titles:
|Queen's South Africa Medal |
British War Medal
Family :John Spencer Place was born on 20th February 1875 in Warrington, Lancashire, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. E. Place, of Warrington, Lancs.; husband of Clara Winifred Place, of 2, Warrender Park Terrace, Edinburgh.
- The Second Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902, South Africa.
- The First World War 1914-1918, World-wide.
|Unit / Ship / Est.: HMS Barham|
HMS BARHAM was build at John Brown shipbuilders, Clydebank and launched 31st December 1914, Took part at the Battle of Jutland. was hit six times and was under repair for 5 weeks.
|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.
See also: Anglo-Boer War.
He was aboard H.M.S. Southampton,a Town Class light cruiser, and was present aboard her at the outbreak of the Great War as part of the 1st Light Cruiser Squadron, and would have been present at the First Battle of Heligoland Bight on 28th August 1914, and at the Battle of Dogger Bank on 24th January 1915, before being posted to the Queen Elizabeth class battleship H.M.S. Barham from 2nd July 1915. Barham was commissioned in August 1915, joining the 5th Battle Squadron of the Grand Fleet based at Scapa Flow as flagship on 2nd October 1915. On 1st December 1915 Barham collided with her sister ship H.M.S. Warspite, with both ships receiving considerable damage, Barham was however repaired by 23rd December 1915. Place was present aboard Barham when she was flagship to Admiral Hugh Evan-Thomas and the 5th Battle Squadron, attached to Admiral Beaty's battlecruiser fleet. During the battle Barham fired 337 15-inch shells and 25 6-inch shells during the battle. The number of hits cannot be confirmed, but it is believed that she and her sister ship H.M.S. Valiant made 23 or 24 hits between them, making them two of the most accurate warships in the British fleet, however Barham received six hits during the battle, five from 12-inch shells and one from an 11-inch, suffering casualties of 26 killed and 46 wounded, with Fleet Paymaster Place being killed in action at Jutland on 31st May 1916, being possibly the only man of this rank killed in action during the battle.
See also: Royal Navy News.
See also: Jutland 1915 - HMS Barham.
John was present at the Battle of the Dogger Bank, when at 1pm on 24th January, 1915 the SMS Blücher was subject to 50 hits from the British Fleet. Blücher’s final moments were captured by the camera of Fleet Paymaster John Spencer Place aboard one of the cruisers which closed in for the kill. The image became one of the most dramatic images of the Great War at sea.
Probate PLACE John Spencer of Honiton Devonshire fleet paymaster R.N. died 31 May 1916 on board H.M.S Barham in action off the coast of Jutland in the North Sea Probate Exeter 12 August to Clara Winifred Place widow. Effects £1090 4s. 1d.
John was buried at sea, and his name was commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
|Type||Lodge Name and No.||Province/District :|
|Mother :||Royal Lodge of Friendship No. 278 E.C.||Gibraltar|
3rd February 1909
13th February 1909
20th February 1909
Recorded as a 32 year old paymaster aboard H.M.S. Antrim upon his initiation in 1909. The contribution record shows no payments of dues after 1915 and no annotation as to what happened to John.
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