Coleman, Harry

Harry Coleman

Harry ColemanHarry Coleman

Ship: HMS Minotaur

Aunt: Miss K Coleman

Aunt’s Address: 154 Victoria Avenue, Ore

Home Address: Guernsey

Published: April 1915

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Fletcher, Percy

Percy Fletcher

Percival FletcherPercy FletcherPercival (Percy) Fletcher

Rank: Acting G.T.

Ship: HMS Minotaur

Parents: Mr & Mrs J Fletcher

Wife: Miss Elsie Celia Carter of Eastney, Hampshire

Address: 5 Mercatoria, St Leonards

Other Info: The wedding ceremony was performed at the Parish Church, St Leonards on 23rd July 1916 by the Rev J Webster, the Bridegroom and his brothers having special leave for the occasion.

Published: March 1915 & August 1916

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Chapman, A

Chapman

Chapman

A Chapman

Rank: Able Seaman

Ship: HMS Minotaur

Parents: Mr & Mrs W Chapman

Brother: J Chapman

Address: 12 Old Lane, Hollington

Other Info: Foreign Service

Published: December 1914

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Newman, Albert J

Albert J Newman

Jack ManserAlbert J NewmanAlbert J Newman

Ship: HMS Minotaur

Brother: F Newman

Address: 7 Southwater Road, 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.

Published: December 1914 & April 1916

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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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