1. Memorial:Chatham Naval Memorial1 Kent
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.116
3. Book:De Ruvigny's Roll of HonourVolume 1

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Married Dorothy Nesta BASKERVILLE (1880-1954) on 17 Jun 1903 Canon Ffrome, Hereford

Mary Pamela PRATT-BARLOW (1905-1948)
son PRATT-BARLOW (c. 1906-1907) died.

Education & Career :

he was a member of the MCC.

Military :


Unit :HMS Hawke 
Attached : 
Action :HMS Hawke, Sinking of 

Entered Navy as Cadet in 1889 (1908 Navy List)
Lieutenant, R.N.; H.M.S. Vivid (1907).

Detail :

De Ruvigny's Volume 1: "PRATT-BARLOW, BERNHARD ALEXANDER, Commander R.N., elder s. of Charles James Pratt-Barlow, of Roxby, The Hoe, Plymouth, by his wife, Rosa Caroline, yr. dau. of the late William Gladstone, D.L., J.P., of 58, Queen's Gate, London, S.W.; b. St. George's Road, London, S.W., 10 Sept. 1874; educ. Brighton (Mr. W.R. Lec, of Norfolk Terrace), and royal Naval College, Gosport; joined H.M.S. Brittania as a Naval Cadet in Jan. 1889, being rated midshipman three years later. He was promoted Sub-Lieut. 31 May, 1896, Lieut. 31 Aug. 1897, and Commander 31 Dec. 1908. As a naval cadet he served in the Trafalgar flagship of Rear-Admirals Lord Walter Kerr, A. H. Markham, and C. G. Domvile, on the Mediterannean Station, July, 1891; the Warspite, flagship of Rear-Admiral Drummond, commanding "D" Fleet in the Naval Manoevres of July, 1894; and the Active, flying the broad pennant of Commodore R. H. Harris in the Training Squadron, Sept. 1894. He was Sub-Lieut. of the last-named ship, flying the broad pennant of Commodore G.L. Atkinson from May, 1896, to June, 1897, when he was appointed to the Royal yacht Victoria and Albert, in which he was present at the Diamond Jubilee Review at Spithead the same month. At the end of August following he was promoted to Lieut. and appointed to the Majestic flagship of Admiral Sir Henry Stephenson in the Channel Squadron-the flag Capt. being Admiral Prince Loius of Battenberg, G.C.B. He was flag Lieut. to Admiral Sir Lewis Beaumont on the Pacific station, March, 1899, and on the Australian station to January, 1903. He commanded the destroyers Sturgeon, Contest and Osprey, all at Devonport, and in June, 1903, was appointed 1st Lieut. of H.M.S. Antrim. He was 1st Lieut. at the R.N. Barracks, Devonport, from July, 1907, to the end of 1908, when he was advanced to Commander. In that rank he commanded the destroyers Kale and Rattlesnake, both in the second Destroyer Flotilla, and was commander of H.M.S. Irresistible and of H.M.S. Centurion. He commanded H.M.S. Hawke in the Training Squadron at Queenstown from Jan. 1914, until she was commissioned for war service. Commander Pratt-Barlow lost his life in the North Sea, 15 Oct. 1915, when H.M.S. Hawke was torpedoed by a German submarine. After the sinking of H.M.S. Hawke, Cpat. Charles J. Wintour, of H.M.S. Swift, wrote the following letter: "I was instrumental in picking up the survivors of the Hawke from the rafts, and I took them in the Swift to harbour. I at once asked one of the survivors as to the commander, and he told me that he had been on his (the survivor's) raft, and seeing that there were too many men on the raft said: 'There are too many men on the raft, I will swim to another.' He was never seen again, but his self-sacrificing action was undoubtedly the means of saving others. I would like you to know how deeply I grieve at his loss, and also that you should know that his very last act was one of unselfish bravery." He m. at Canon Ffrome, co. Hereford, 17 June, 1903, Dorothy Nesta, yr dau. of the late Walter Baskerville, D.L., J.P., of Clyro Court, co. Radnor, and left a dau., Mary Pamela, b. 17 June, 1905."

During 1914, at the start of the First World War, the Hawke, commanded by Captain Hugh P.E.T. Williams, was engaged in various operations in the North Sea. On 15 October, out on patrol Hawke was torpedoed by a German submarine U 9. Her sister ship HMS Theseus, which was in company, was attacked at the same time but was undamaged. The Hawke sank in a few minutes, with the loss of her Captain, 26 officers and 500 men - only four officers and about 60 men were saved. Newspaper report of how two of the survivors described the Hawke's destruction: ?We were struck right amidships between the two funnels quite close to one of the magazines. All hands were on deck, and it was a terrible explosion. The vessel immediately took a heavy list to starboard. I have never been on a ship so well equipped with life saving apparatus, but the way the vessel heeled over made it almost impossible to get the boats out. The boat in which I was saved had a narrow escape from being taken down with the suction. "We were struck about 11o'clock in the forenoon, and just as we got away from the Hawke, we distinctly saw the periscope of the enemy's submarine come to the surface. We thought he was going to ram us, but apparently he was on the lockout for any other rescuing vessels. Prior to the accident the Hawke was cruising about zigzag fashion, and we never saw the submarine until we felt her. It was beginning to get hazy when we were almost run down by the Norwegian steamer which picked us up. This boat, after affecting the rescue, cruised about in search of the rafts, but nothing was seen.?

The second survivor reported: ?Those on deck for an instant, immediately after the explosion, saw the periscope of a submarine, which showed above the water like a broomstick. When the explosion occurred, I, along with the others in the engine-room, was sent flying into space as it were, and must have been stunned for a little. When I came to, I found myself in the midst of an absolute inferno. One of the cylinders of the engine had been completely wrecked, and steam was hissing out in dense, scalding clouds, penetrating to every nook and cranny of the engine-room and stokehold. The horror of the situation was added to when a tank of fuel oil caught fire, and the flames advanced with fatal rapidity. ?I scrambled up the iron ladder to the main deck. Already the captain, commander, and a midshipman were on the bridge, and calmly, as though on fleet manoeuvres in the Solent, orders were given out, and as calmly obeyed. The bugler sounded the ?Still? call, which called upon every man to remain at the post at which the call reached him. Soon there came the order, "Abandon ship, out boats". ?Many of the crew had scrambled on to the side of the sinking cruiser as she slowly turned turtle, and from this temporary place of safety were sliding and diving into the sea. The captain and the midshipman stuck bravely to their posts on the bridge to the last, and were seen to disappear as the ship finally plunged bow first amid a maelstrom of cruel, swirling waters.

As the Hawke went down a small pinnace and a raft which had been prepared for such an emergency floated free, but such was the onrush of the men who had been precipitated into the water that both were overcrowded. ?On the raft was seen about seventy men standing knee-deep in the water, and the pinnace also appeared to be overfilled. The cutter rowed around the outskirts of the wreck, picking up as many survivors as the boat could with safety contain. All aboard who had donned life jackets divested themselves of these and threw them to their comrades struggling in the water, and oars and all movable woodwork about the boat was also pitched overboard to help those clinging to the wreckage, many of whom were seen to sink. ?A westerly course was set with the idea of striking the Scottish coast. About 4 p.m. a Norwegian sailing ship hove in sight, and the exhausted men were taken aboard and treated in the most kindly fashion, being served with stimulants and furnished with clothing. The rescuing ship headed towards Peterhead, but on the way encountered the Aberdeen trawler Ben Rinnes, to which the men were transferred.? On March 18th 1915, Kapitanleutnant Otto Weddigen, now commanding the U-29, was manoeuvring for a shot at the modern British warship HMS Dreadnought when the ship?s lookouts spotted the periscope, and just seven minutes later the 17,900 ton Dreadnought, travelling at eighteen knots, rammed into the U-boat raising the bows out of the water. The identifying number was clearly visibly as the Dreadnought sliced through the submarine, there were no survivors.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Sir Francis Drake No. 2649 E.C.Devonshire

13th November 1907
11th December 1907
8th January 1908

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