1. Grave:Hoylake (Holy Trinity) ChurchyardA.47
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.133
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour43A GQS
4. Memorial:Liverpool Masonic Hall War MemorialCol.3. Hope St.

Awards & Titles:


Family :

Born West Derby, Liverpool to John and Annie.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: Royal Naval Reserve 

Action : Naval Accident 

During the war there were a number of Naval Accidents which we have isolated because of their shocking caualties and the corresponding impact on members of the craft. There were a number of vessels destroyed in port by explosions which we would today categorise as 'Health & Safety' failures.

Detail :

Engineer Sub-Lieutenant, Walter John Rigby, Royal Naval Reserve H.M. Special Service Vessel No. 3.

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary Historical Society record: "Assistant Engineer Walter John Rigby RNR was killed in an engine room accident 31 May 1915 He is remembered with pride on the War Memorial, at Grange Hill, West Kirby, Cheshire"

His portrait image is displayed on Find-a-Grave.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Queen's No. 2681 E.C.West Lancashire

17th August 1909
21st September 1909
19th October 1909

The 1921 book describes him as Rigby, W.J. 2nd Lieut. R.N.R. Immediately the question arises that should he not be a Sub-Lieut., or not in the R.N.R as a 2nd Lieut. He is Walter John in the 1910-1921 ledger and shown "Killed in action 31/5/15," in the ledger following. Walter is listed as a 21 year old Marine Engineer of 47 Alderley Road, Hoylake at the time of his initiation in 1909.

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