1. Memorial:Portsmouth Naval Memorial Hampshire
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.115
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour23D GQS

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Early Life :

Born Tunworth, Basingstoke. Son of George and Faith. Endacott Austridge of 1 Winifred Villas, Holly Road, Aldershot. In the 1880s the family were involved in working the land. By 1891, John is recorded with brother, Thomas (18) and sisters Lettice (11) and Elsie (9).

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: HMS Tipperary 

Mike: Tipperary led the 4th Flotilla at the Battle of Jutland under Captain C. J. Wintour. Tipperary and her squadron pressed home determined torpedo attacks on the German main battle line as it escaped across the rear of the British fleet during the night action, starting at approximately 23:20 on 31 May 1916 . The 4th Flotilla sank one of the German light cruisers, but Tipperary and many of the other British destroyers were sunk or badly damaged. These engagements took place at such close range that some of Tipperary's squadron were able to hit the German dreadnoughts with their small 4-inch guns, causing casualties that included command officers on the bridges. HMS Tipperary was sunk on 1 June 1916 by 5.9 inch (150 mm) fire from the secondary battery of the German dreadnought SMS Westfalen with the loss of 185 hands from her crew of 197. The wrecksite is designated as a protected place under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986.

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.

Signal Boy (Telegraphist) (1901) aboard HMS Majestic
Act/Chief Petty Officer (Telegraphist), 203493
1914 served aboard HMS Vernon

Detail :

His brother, Basil Austridge, a Yeoman of Signals (222915) serving aboard HMS Queen Mary was killed in action in the same battle the previous day.

Portrait Image: Pages of the Sea.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : United Service No. 1428 E.C.Hampshire & IOW

23rd June 1914
22nd December 1914
25th May 1915

Discrepancies (Require checks, clarity or further research) :

A manual search of the records of United Grand Lodge record that, on the day of initiation, John was 39 years of age, but he would have been 31 at the time.

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