Wheeler, Charles William

Charles William Wheeler

Charles William WheelerCharles William Wheeler

Rank: First Class Boy

Ship: HMS Hampshire

Parents: Mr Charles William & Mrs Helen Wheeler

Address: 10 Winding Street, Hastings

Other Info: Lost his life on HMS Hampshire which was sunk by a mine on 5th June 1916. Field Marshall Lord Kitchener and his staff on board and among 737 lost. According to CWGC, Charles was 16 when he died and he is remembered at Portsmouth Naval Memorial on Panel 14.

Published: July 1916

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Bennett, Lester Stone

Bennett

Bennett

Lester Stone Bennett

Rank: Able Seaman

Regiment: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserves

Parents: Mr Thomas & Mrs Florence Bennett

Brother: Thomas M Bennett

Address: 5 Hughenden Place, Hastings

Other Info: Lost his life on HMS Hampshire which was sunk by a mine on 5th June 1916. Field Marshall Lord Kitchener and his staff on board and among 737 lost. According to CWGC. Lester is remembered at Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery, grave reference F.69. He is recorded as ‘Lister’ Stone Bennett.

Published: June 1916

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Burton, D J

Burton

Burton

D J Burton

Rank: Able Seaman

Ship: HMS Hampshire

Father: Mr G T Burton

Brother: J Burton

Address: 15 Pelham Street, Hastings

Other Info: Able Seaman Burton does not appear to have been aboard HMS Hampshire when it was sunk on 5th June 1916.

Published: June 1915

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Parsons, William Robert

Parsons

William ParsonsParsons

William Robert Parsons

Rank: Able Seaman

Ship: HMS Calyx

Parents: Mr & Mrs D Parsons

Brother: D Parsons

Address: 3 Turiel Place, Hastings

Other Info: According to CWGC William was one of 737 lost when HMS Hampshire was sunk by a mine on 5th June 1916. Field Marshall Lord Kitchener and his staff were also on board and lost. Victor is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, on panel 24.

Published: April 1915 & June 1916

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Cook, Reginald

Cook

Cook

Reginald Cook

Rank: Able Seaman

Ship: HMS Hampshire

Parents: Mr & Mrs Cook

Brother: E Cook

Address: 200 Upper Church Road, Hollington

Other Info: HMS Hampshire was sunk on 5th June 1916, with the loss of 650 men. Reginald survived the war, and wasn’t on board at the time.

Published: November 1914

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Manser, Frederick Spencer John

J Manser

Frederick Spencer John ManserJack ManserJ ManserFrederick Spencer John (Jack*) Manser

Rank: Leading Seaman

Ship: HMS Minotaur & HMS Hampshire

Parents: Mr William Spencer & Mrs Alma Manser

Address: 70 Sedlescombe Road North, St Leonards

Other Info: The text of ‘Three Jolly Sailors’ reads: “Photograph of three local sailors taken in China whilst serving on HMS Minotaur. They travelled 38,750 miles since the commencement of War up to January 1915, when they were sent to different ships.

He went through the Jutland Battle without a scratch and his father received a letter from him on the Sunday before the Hampshire went down, saying he was quite well and hoped to be home shortly to tell them about the great battle. But he lost his life with Lord Kitchener on the Hampshire. He was awarded a medal of merit on April the 4th 1916 on leaving the Warspite training ship.

According to CWGC, Frederick died aged 21 when HMS Hampshire was sunk by a mine on 5th June 1916. Field Marshall Lord Kitchener and his staff on board and among 737 lost. Frederick is remembered at the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, on panel 12.

*I have assumed that ‘Jack’ is how Frederick preferred to be known as there are three references to him being on only son. If Jack and Frederick are two different individuals, please let me know!

Published: November 1914, April 1916 & June 1916

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Groombridge, Victor Albert

Victor Groombridge

Victor GroombridgeVictor GroombridgeVictor GroombridgeVictor Albert Groombridge

Rank: 1st Class Petty Officer

Ship: HMS Hampshire

Parents: Mr Joseph & Mrs Mary Groombridge

Sister: Mrs G A Dunk

Brother-in-Law: George Alfred Dunk

Address: Old Town, Hastings

Other Info: Recently promoted (as of October 1914). Victor was one of 650 lost when HMS Hampshire was sunk by a mine on 5th June 1916. Field Marshall Lord Kitchener and his staff were also on board and lost. Victor is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, on panel 11.

Published: October 1914, July 1916 & May 1917

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