1. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.121
2. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour21C GQS
3. Memorial:Liverpool Masonic Hall War MemorialCol.1. Hope St.

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Family :

Son of Charles and Ellen Divine of New South Wales; husband of Joan Divine of Buckfastleigh. Baptised in Bootle, Lancs 30 August 1887.

Education & Career :

Chief Engineer, Liverpool (1914)

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: Not Yet Known 


Action : Naval Campaign 

Naval Campaign is defined as to include all sea operations where attrition rates are in ones and twos and which do not fall within specific naval battles such as Jutland, Coronel, Falklands etc. This includes Merchant Navy losses.

Detail :

'In deo confido': I trust in God. Although Charles Divine was married it was his mother Ellen who chose his inscription. Born Ellen Lawford, 'In deo confido' was her family motto.

To begin with, Charles Lawford Divine was a puzzle. Why, when he died on 20 January 1918, was he buried in Gallipoli? The British army had abandoned the place two years earlier, leaving it in enemy hands and didn't get back onto the peninsula until the war was over. The answer lies in the fact that he was killed in a naval engagement off the island of Imbros and in all probability was originally buried on one of the Aegean islands. After the war many of these graves were exhumed and the bodies gathered in and reburied in the larger cemeteries on Gallipoli.

On 20 January 1918 four naval vessels, HMS Tigris, Lizard, Raglan and M28, a naval shore bombardment vessel, were caught in Imbros harbour by two Turkish warships, the ex-German battlecruiser SMS Goeben and the lightcruiser, the former SMS Breslau . Tigris and Lizard escaped but Raglan and M28 were sunk, the former with the loss of 130 lives, and M28 with the loss of 12 of her 69-man crew. The battle later turned against the Turkish ships and Allied ships were able to pick some of the survivors. Lieutenant Divine was rescued but died of his wounds later the same day.

M.28, monitor, sunk
BALLAM, Reginald C, Leading Cook's Mate, M 2689
BRADBURY, Albert, Able Seaman, J 39200 (Dev)
BROOKMAN, Ernest J, Stoker 1c (RFR B 2737), 303166 (Dev)
DIVINE, Charles L, Ty/Lieutenant, RNR
FRIEND, William F, Able Seaman (RFR B 4086), 197865 (Dev)
HALFYARD, Sidney J B, Gunner
KEEP, Arthur N, Able Seaman (RFR B 5694), 211447 (Dev)
MACGREGOR, Donald P, Lieutenant Commander
MCDONALD, Donald, Private, RMLI, 9097 (Ply)
MORAN, Harry, Signalman, J 13822
WHITEMORE, George E, Petty Officer 1c, 179626

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Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Stanley No. 1325 E.C.West Lancashire

27th July 1914

Surname recorded originally as "Devine" against the 1921 Roll of Honour and the 1940 scroll. The contribution records of the United Grand Lodge show the same spelling, but also his 3 years of war service and "Lost at Sea Jan'y 18". No CWG listing

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