CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL
C/SSX 28297 Able Seaman
15/11/1942, aged 22.Memorial Ref: 54, 1.
Able Seaman RN (C/SSX 28297) British, age 22,
Son of Joseph and
Grace English, husband of Olive English, of
Picture courtesy of Arnie Brunton, first cousin once removed of Matthew.
C/JX 268411 Able Seaman
John Thomas Brideoake
Son of Robert H. and Rhoda Brideoake, of 21, Clive St., Burnley, Lancs.
CH/X 114217 Corporal
William John Daw
H.M.S. Copra. 650 L.C.M. Flotilla
21st July 1944, aged 32.
Panel 79, 1.
Son of Jubilee John and Alice Clifford Daw; husband of Constance Daw. of Tonbridge, Kent.
K/23193 Stoker 1st Class
Albert Thomas Lewis
9th July 1917, aged 21.
Son of Thomas and Martha Lewis, of Higher Barton, Trent, Sherborne.
C/JX 205621 Coder
Frank William Vincent
27th February 1942.
Panel 60. 1.
Son of Albert Edward and Elsie Lucy Vincent, of Barkingside, Essex.
Frank was killed in the Battle of the Java Seas on 27 February 1942. His sister Phyllis Robins mourned her cherished Brother until she died in April 2014, aged 99.
Remembered by his niece Valerie Lorne Hibberd.
341363 Chief Armourer
Thomas Robert Waters
H.M.S. "Hogue", Royal Navy
22/09/1914, aged 39.
Son of Edward and Mary Waters, of Sheerness, Kent; husband of Lily Cora Waters of 239,Queen's, Rd, Peckham, London.
Picture courtesy of Gail Waters, wife of the great grandson of Thomas Waters
From the Brompton Barracks Chatham - At the traffic signals turn right
onto Globe Lane - A231 (signposted 'Historic Dockyards'). Keep in left hand lane
then turn left onto Dock Road (signposted Gillingham). At roundabout take the
2nd exit onto Wood Street - A231 (signposted Gillingham). Turn Right on Mansion
Row (The memorial is signposted from here), then 1st left on Sally Port Gardens
and finally 1st right on King's Bastion. Follow road through the housing estate,
the car park to the memorial is at the end of this road.
A Visitor Information Panel has recently been installed at the Chatham
Naval Memorial to provide information about the war casualties commemorated
here. This is one of many panels being erected to help raise awareness of First
and Second World War casualties in the UK (Oct 2013).
After the First World War, an appropriate way had to be found of
commemorating those members of the Royal Navy who had no known grave, the
majority of deaths having occurred at sea where no permanent memorial could be
Rank: Skipper, Date of Death: 15/08/1917, Age: 41, Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Reserve H.M. Smack "Nelson." , Awards: V C, D S C, Panel Reference 25., Father of T. W. Crisp, of 41, Stanford St., Lowestoft, Suffolk. The tenor bell at St. Margaret's Church, Lowestoft, is named the "VC Bell" and dedicated to him.
Citation: An extract from the London Gazette, No. 30363, dated 30th Oct., 1917, records the posthumous award of V.C. "For service in action with enemy submarines."
FRANCIS JOHN WILLIAM HARVEY
Rank: Major, Date of Death: 31/05/1916, Age: 43, Regiment/Service: Royal Marine Light Infantry H.M.S. "Lion." , Awards: V C, Panel Reference 18., Native of Sydenham, Surrey.
Citation: An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 29751, dated 15th Sept., 1916, records the following:- "Whilst mortally wounded and almost the only survivor after the explosion of an enemy shell in "Q" gunhouse, with great presence of mind and devotion to duty ordered the magazine to be flooded, thereby saving the ship. He died shortly afterwards."
Victoria Cross (World War Two) Recipient
EDWARD STEPHEN FOGARTY FEGEN
Rank: Captain, Date of Death: 05/11/1940, Age: 49, Regiment/Service: Royal Navy H.M.S. Jervis Bay, Awards: V C, Panel Reference 34, 1., Son of Frederick Fogarty Fegen and Catherine Mary Fegen, of Knightsbridge, London.
Citation: The citation in the London Gazette for 26th November, 1940, reads: "For valour in challenging hopeless odds and giving his life to save the many ships it was his duty to protect. On the 5th of November, 1940, in heavy seas, Captain Fegen, in His Majesty's Armed Merchant Cruiser Jervis Bay, was escorting thirty-eight Merchantmen. Sighting a powerful German warship he at once drew clear of the Convoy, made straight for the enemy and brought his ship between the raider and her prey, so that they might scatter and escape. Crippled, in flames, unable to reply, for nearly an hour the Jervis Bay held the German's fire. So she went down; but of the Merchantmen all but four or five were saved."
Tyneside Z/5506 Telegraphist
Arthur Frederick Churchhouse
H. M. S. "Stephen Furness"
13/12/1917, aged 19.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert E. Churchhouse, of 38, Walnut St., Leicester.
His brother Thomas William James Churchhouse was also killed and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial
Frederick Wilhelm Bernard Gill
Son of Frederick Massey Gill and Annie Beatrice Gill, of 131, Church St., Lower Edmonton, London. Educated at Enfield Grammar School. For 7 years with the North British and Mercantile Insurance Coy., London. Present at Battle of Heligoland Bight in Aug. 1914.
J/9710 Able Seaman
Frederick Charles Hedges Volze
H. M. S/M "E30"
22/11/1916, aged 22.
Son of John and Ellen Volze, of Croydon, Surrey.
He was lost with submarine E30 on 22/11/1916.
Richard Henry Waters
5/3 Maritime Regt.
9th August 1941.
Panel 51, 1.
223629 Able Seaman
Thomas Percy Wills
H.M.S. "Black Prince."
31st May 1916, aged 30.
Son of J. H. and E. A. Wills, of 95, Marlborough St., Burnley, Lancs.
C/JX 127163 Able Seaman
Phillip Robert Bruce Joy
H.M.S. Willamette Valley
29/06/1940, aged 30.
Husband of Mrs. M. E. Joy, of Brixton, London.
Memorial Ref: 35, 3.
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