Reeves, Henry John

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Henry John Reeves

Rank: Able Seaman

Regiment: Royal Naval Division

Ship: HMS Laurentic

Mother: Mrs Reeves

Brother: Robert Reeves

Address: 57 Plynlimmon Road, Hastings

Other Info: Henry was aboard HMS Laurentic, an armed merchant cruiser, when she struck two mines on 25th January 1917. Aged 27, he was among 354 passengers and crew that went down with the ship. 121 people were saved. Henry is remembered at Portsmouth Naval Memorial, panel 27.

Henry is not named on Hastings War Memorial.

Published: December 1914 & March 1917

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Spice, Joseph William

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Joseph William Spice

Rank: Private

Regiment: 5th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment

Parents: Mr James Henry Spice & Mrs Caroline Spice

Brother: James Spice & Stephen Spice

Brother-in-Law: Charles Morfee

Address: 4 Ebenezer Road, Hastings / 22 Old Humphrey Avenue, All Saints Street, Hastings

Other Info: According to CWGC, Joseph died aged 21 on 16th September 1917. He is remembered at Dozinghem Military Cemetery, grave reference VI.D.6. His headstone reads ‘No one knows how much we miss him. Only aching hearts can tell’.

Published: December 1914, January 1917 & October 1917

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Spice, James

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James Spice

Rank: First Class Gunner

Regiment: Royal Naval Reserve

Parents: Mr James Henry Spice & Mrs Caroline Spice

Brothers: Joe Spice & Stephen Spice

Brother-in-Law: Charles Morfee

Address: 4 Ebenezer Road, Hastings / 22 Old Humphrey Avenue, All Saints Street, Hastings

Other Info: On HMS Excellent (a shore establishment). ‘Now in Alexandria’ reads: We received the above photograph last week, and with it the following letter: “Sir, I am sending you a photograph of two well known Hastings men from the old town whom I have had the please of talking to out in Alexandria. They are P Wood and James Spice. Wood told me how he came to be up. He said he volunteered on his discharge papers on the first day of the Reserve were going away, and he was sent away to Portsmouth with them on the 2nd August 1914, practically the first volunteer in Hastings, I presume, if not in the British Isles. If you were to apply to Mrs Wood, 67 Milward Terrace, Ore, she would let you see his discharge papers to prove his words. I think his is a very interesting case, not many like it in England and not very well known in Hastings only by a few fisherman friends. He has practically been on foreign service ever since he has been up. Left England 10th December 1914 for South America, went all round there far North, and from there to South Africa, being 13 months on this trip. He came home soon enough for Christmas leave, having 10 days, and was coming out to Alexandria on 24th January 1916 on a trawler. He has been here 16 Months. James Spice has been out here 17 months, and just two years in a trawler here and in the North Sea, after having seen service in the Grand Fleet. Spice is a Seaman Gunner. He has had some unpleasant experiences; helped to save a ship’s crew which had been torpedoed, picking up 24 survivors, and had the unpleasant site of a ship being sunk when she was being escorted for four trawlers, not one of them seeing the submarine. Jim’s ship picked up a lot of the survivors. They were only 20 miles from here. They are unpleasant and arduous duties these trawlers have to perform”.

Published: December 1914, January 1917 & May 1917

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