Rank: Officer’s Steward 3rd Class
Service No: L/5549
Date of Death: 16/01/1915
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy H.M.T “Char.”
Memorial CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL
Born in 1895 at Woodford, the son of George (Insurance Agent) and Annie Powell. 1901: 4, Hawthorne Villas Caernarvon Road South Woodford. 1911: An Errand Boy for a coal merchant, living with his family at Corfe Villa 98 Stanley Road South Woodford. Father still Insurance Agent. Joined the Navy and after three months was posted to Minelayer HMS Brilliant. He had been invalided to Chatham, and only recently returned to duty on the “Char”.
HMT “Char”, requisitioned from the North Eastern Railway Co., was an ABS patrol and inspection vessel based at Ramsgate, patrolling an area of the Thames Estuary between the Downs and the North and South Forelands. She was holed when run down by the Belgian steamer “Erivan” at approximately 01.00 hours while attempting to get alongside for an inspection during a severe gale. Both vessels took on water, but the damage to “Char” was particularly extensive and it sank between Deal and the Goodwin Sands with the loss of all 18 crew. The “Erivan” was unable to offer assistance due to the weather and damage to its bow.
Memorial: Rolls of Honour St Mary’s Church & South Woodford Congregational Church (lost).
Separate Folder: NO.
Principal Sources: Ancestry. Internet.
Qualification: Borough Residence.