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Family :

  Son of Felicie de Kalisz and the late Samuel Sheldon Stephens; husband of Elizabeth Stephens, of Montreal.

Military :

Unit :  HMS Good Hope 

Action : Coronel 

Action :

Franklyn F STEPHENS, Boatswain, HMS Good Hope. H.M.S. Good Hope was sunk along with HMS Monmouth by the German armoured cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau under Admiral Graf Maximilian von Spee with the loss of her entire complement of 900 hands in the Battle of Coronel, on 1 November 1914, off the Chilean coast. She was an armoured cruiser manned by a crew of reservists and cadets and was the flag ship of Rear Admiral Sir Christopher Craddock commanding a squadron of ageing ships. There were no survivors. Nineteen Freemasons were lost when HMS Good Hope sank. They were BAKER Henry Tillett 1st Class Armourer DICKSON James Artificer Engineer DUCKWORTH Joseph Artificer STEPHENS Franklyn F Boatswain BUSHELL John William Boatswain MUDFORD Walter Bombardier PITT Arthur Henry John Rev Chaplain JAY J H Chief Electrician BLOUNT James W Chief Engine Room Artificer COX Francis Thomas Chief Petty Officer LINDSAY George Laurence Chief Stoker BIRD Albert E Engine Room Artificer CLARKSON Ernest Engine Room Artificer COLE Frederick G P Engine Room Artificer FRENCH E.J. Lieutenant GRAY Gordon Evelyn E Lieutenant HOPTON Tom Mechanician KAIN Stanley Sick Berth Steward SEARLE Francis Charles Surgeon In total 33 Freemasons lost their lives at the Battle of Coronel. Editor?s Note A Memorial to Rear Admiral Sir Christopher Craddock is to be found in York Minster.

The Battle of Coronel took place on 1 November 1914 off the coast of central Chile near the city of Coronel. German Kaiserliche Marine forces led by Vice-Admiral Graf Maximilian von Spee met and defeated a Royal Navy squadron commanded by Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock. Although Spee had an easy victory, destroying two enemy armoured cruisers for just three men injured, the engagement also cost him half his supply of ammunition, which it was impossible to replace.

Shock at the British losses led to an immediate reaction and the sending of more ships which in turn destroyed Spee and his squadron at the Battle of the Falkland Islands. Two British armoured cruisers. HMS Monmouth and HMS Good Hope were sunk with the loss of nearly 1600 men.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Royal Standard No. 398 E.C.Montreal & Halifax
Joined : United Service No. 1428 E.C. Hampshire & IOW

10th October 1905
17th October 1905
24th October 1905

Joined United Service Lodge No. 1428 on 26th February 1907.

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