June 2 – The RN ships of Jutland – 3

HMS Black Prince, HMS Broke and HMS Indefatigable with their Rolls of Honour of NI personnel

HMS BLACK PRINCE

HMS Black Prince, an armoured cruiser, was sunk with a loss of 1,031 lives. The ship had become separated from the rest of the British fleet and it was reported that: “As Black Prince now suddenly found herself close abreast of the German centre. In a moment she was in a glare of searchlights, a tornado of shell at point blank-range rent her from stem to stern, and in two minutes she was a mass of flames. For a while she was seen as a floating furnace, and then, with an appalling explosion, sank with all hands”. Black Prince was blown up following combined gunfire from the German battleships Ostfriesland and Thuringen, and went down in fewer than four minutes.

At the outbreak of World War One HMS Black Prince captured a German merchantman in the Red Sea in August 1914. and was stationed at Gibraltar in November 1914. In December 1914 she moved to the Grand Fleet 1st cruiser squadron. HMS Black Prince  was built at the Thames Iron Works Blackwall, and laid down on the 3rd June 1903, launched 8th November 1904 and completed 17th March 1906.

ROLL OF HONOUR HMS BLACK PRINCE

+CRAWFORD, James
RNR. Stoker 7821S, HMS Black Prince, Died 31/05/1916. Brother of Mrs. Lemon, Sydney Street West, Belfast. Portsmouth Naval Memorial. St Matthew’s Parish Church, Shankill, Belfast WM

+FORSYTH, William
RN. Stoker I. 305407. HMS Defence. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 35. Enrolled 20/11/1903 for 12 years. In Defence from 02/09/1913. Born Belfast. 30/11/1880. Son of Charles and Sarah (nee McKelvey) Forsyth, Woodvale Rd., Belfast. Belfast Telegraph in memoriam 31/05/1917. Plymouth Naval Memorial. IMR. ADM 188/497/305407

+GLOVER, Joseph
RMLI. PLY/15628. HMS Defence. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 22. In Defence 03/09/1913 – 31/05/1916. Born Belfast 01/02/1894. Wauchope St., Belfast. Son of David and Annie Glover, Manning Avenue, Toronto, Canada. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 18. IMR. ADM 159/157/15628

+JAMIESON, David
RN. Petty Officer. 192801. HMS Defence. Died 31/05/1916. Aged 36. Born Ballintoy 20/06/1880. Son of Alexander and Ellen Jamieson, Blackside, Ballintoy, Ballycastle. Plymouth Naval Memorial, panel 11. Ballintoy Parish RH.

+JONES, Thomas Elwyn
RN. Naval school master. HMS Defence. Died 31/05/1916. BSc. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 10. Belfast Corporation RH.

+KERR, Robert
RN. Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class. 272303. HMS Defence. Died 31/05/1916. Age 24. Enrolled 23/11/1909 for 12 years. War service in Defence 14/02/1911 – 31/05/1916. Born Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone 23/11/1891. Only son of Robert and Martha Kerr, Dublin St., Newtownstewart. Plymouth Naval Memorial. ADM 188/437/272303

+McAULEY, Patrick Hugh
RN. Leading Seaman. J/1215. HMS Defence. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 29. Son of Sarah McAuley, Benares St., Belfast, and the late Patrick McAuley. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 11. IMR

+McCANN, Thomas
RN. AB. 215675. HMS Defence. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Enrolled 10/01/1903 for 12 years. In Defence 02/09/1913 – 31/05/1916. Born Belfast 10/01/1885. Husband to Catherine McCann, New Lodge Rd., Belfast, later C Cunningham, Manchester. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 12. IMR. ADM 188/378/215675

+MONTGOMERY, John
RMLI. Private. 17190. Plymouth Division. HMS Defence. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 23. Enlisted 07/09/1914. In Defence 22/04/1915 – 31/05/1916. Born Belfast 22/08/1894. Son of Isaac Montgomery, Mill St., Belfast. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 18. IMR. ADM 159/160/17190

+MORROW, James
RN. AB. 239120. HMS Defence. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 27. Enrolled 18/05/1908 for 12 years. In Defence 02/09/1913 – 31/05/1916. Born Belfast 18/05/1890. Son of Isabella Morrow, Hamilton Place, Killyleagh. Killyleagh – PCI RH. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 12. IMR. ADM 188/425/239120

+POLLOCK, Joseph
RN. Ordinary Seaman. J25436. HMS Defence. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 18. Enrolled 28/02/1916 for 12 years. Served in Impregnable, Endymion, Vivid I, Sutlej and Defence (23/06/1914 – 31/05/1916). Born Belfast 28/02/1898. Son of Elizabeth Pollock, Epworth St., Belfast. Plymouth Naval Memorial. IMR. ADM 188/697/25436

+POTTS, Andrew
RN. AB. 228087. HMS Defence. Died 31/05/1916. Age 30. In Defence 02/09/1913 – 31/05/1916. Born Belfast 27/05/1886. Son of John and Annie Potts, Christopher St., Belfast. Plymouth Naval Memorial. ADM 188/403/228087

+SITTLINGTON, Hugh
RN. Petty Officer Stoker. 276560. HMS Defence. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Served more than 22 years. Born Larne. Son of the late Hugh and Annie Sittlington, of Larne; husband to Elizabeth Wilson Sittlington, Eighth St., Belfast. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 14

+TAYLOR, William
RN. Cooper. HMS Defence. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Brother of Charles Taylor, HMS Defence. 22 years service. Previously worked for Dunville & Co. Son of John and Margaret Taylor, Northbrook St., Belfast. Belfast Evening Telegraph 16/06/1916

+WOODWARD, James
RN. Leading Stoker. K9273. HMS Defence. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Enrolled 08/10/1910. In Defence 14/02/1911 – 31/05/1916. Age 24. Born Belfast 23/09/1892. Son of Ellen Woodward, Fraser St., Belfast; and the late John Woodward. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Christ Church WM, Durham St., Belfast

HMS BROKE

During the Battle of Jutland, Broke, a Faulknor class destroyer, was leading her half-flotilla, when she came close to a German ship on her starboard bow. Simultaneously, the Germans opened fire. An 11 inch shell struck the lower bridge, killing those on duty, smashing the engine room telegraph and wheel. The  helm was over to starboard, the telegraph at full speed, while the port engine was only running at half speed. Consequently, Broke came round, striking the unfortunate destroyer Sparrowhawk just before the bridge, cutting off her bow and pressing her round. Another of the flotilla came ahead first at the noseless boat and chopped off her stern also. The remainder drifted helplessly until sighted in the morning by Marksman, which rescued the remaining crew and sank the wreck as being too far gone for salvage. Half the crew of Broke were wounded or killed, the doctor amongst them, and the sick-bay steward did splendid work amongst the sufferers, being afterwards awarded the DSM. There was 1 officer and 36 men killed in Broke. 3 officers and 33 men were wounded.

ROLL OF HONOUR HMS BROKE

+FERRIS, David Henry
RN. Surgeon Probationer. HMS Broke. Died 31/05/1916. Age 22. Son of David and Sarah Ferris, Drumboe, Rostrevor. Brass plaque in his memory erected in Newry Masonic Hall by fellow members of Francis Crossle Lodge 83. Commemorated at Rostrevor (Knotty Ash) cemetery. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 24. Newry, Downshire Road – PCI RH

HMS INDEFATIGABLE

HMS Indefatigable has the dubious distinction of being the first battlecruiser ever to be sunk and the first ship to be lost at Jutland. She was the first of three British battle cruisers to be blown up by German gunnery.

As part of the 2nd Battlecruiser Squadron, under the command of Captain C. F. Sowerby, she was hit by 28 cm (11 inch) shells from Von der Tann. She was hit first by two shells in the “X” magazine area, blowing out her bottom and causing her to fall out of formation, sinking by the stern. Following more hits in the area of ‘A’ turret, the forward magazine exploded, and the ship sank quickly, killing all but two—Leading Seamen Falmer and Elliot—of her crew of 1,017. According to one of the survivors, Captain Sowerby also survived the sinking, but died of his wounds before he could be rescued.

Her class was similar to Invincible but was longer to permit both ‘P’ and ‘Q’ turrets to fire on broadside and had 1000shp more, making them fractionally faster.

Her two sisters were paid for by New Zealand and Australia and named after their respective sponsors.  New Zealand was given to the RN and Australia became that countries fleet flagship but operated with the Grand Fleet for much of the war.

ROLL OF HONOUR HMS INDEFATIGABLE

+GALLAGHER, George
RN. Stoker 1st Class. 222429. HMS Indefatigable. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 29. Boy service from 23/07/1902. Enrolled 12/02/1905 for 12. War service in Temeraire and Vivid II. Born Londonderry 12/02/1887. Son of George and Catherine Gallagher, Donegal St., Rosemount, Londonderry. His father was a well-known Derry mariner with upwards of forty years’ service. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Londonderry, Panel 15. The Diamond WM. ADM 188/391/222429

+JELLY, Henry
RN. AB. 233032. HMS Indefatigable. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 28. Enrolled 04/06/1906 for 12 years. War service in Indefatigable (25/11/1915 – 31/05/1916), Vivid, Defiance and Caesar. Born Belfast 04/06/1888. Son of Margaret Jane Smith (formerly Jelly), New Lodge Rd., Belfast, and the late Henry Jelly. Brother of Elizabeth McFall and Margaret, whose husband was on active service. Belfast Telegraph in memoriam 31/05/1917. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Sinclair Seamen’s Church – PCI RH. IMR. ADM 188/413/233032

+KING, Robert John George
RN. Stoker 1st Class. SS/115695. HMS Indefatigable. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 21. Enrolled 07/05/1914 for 12 years. Served in Victory I and Indefatigable (09/10/1914 – 31/05/1916). Born Belfast 04/06/1895. Son of Robert and Mary Isabella Rachel King, Ravenhill St., Belfast. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 18. ADM 188/1121/115695

+MAGEE, David
RN. Stoker First Class. SS109577. HMS Indefatigable. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 23. Enrolled 24/06/1910. In Indefatigable 24/02/11/ – 31/05/1916. Born Kircubbin 17/07/1891. Son of James and Agnes Magee, Iris St., Belfast, who were married in Portaferry Roman Catholic Church and lived for a time at William St., Newtownards. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 16. St Andrew’s Parish Church, Ballyhalbert WM. IMR. ADM 188/1115/109577

+MAGILL, David
RN. Stoker. HMS Indefatigable. Died 31/05/1916. Iris St., Belfast

+MALLON, James
RM Artillery. Gunner. RMA/13442. Royal Marine Light Infantry, Portsmouth Division. HMS Indefatigable. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 20. Enrolled Belfast 10/07/1912. In Indefatigable 17/12/1913 – 31/05/06. Born Newry 01/03/1895. Son of Matthew Mallon, Clentigora, Newry. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 21. ADM 159/87/13442

+MALONE, Hugh
RN. Cooper. 340469. HMS Indefatigable. Died 31/05/1916. Age 41. Born Belfast. Son of the late Hugh and Mary Malone, Brookfield St., Crumlin Rd., Belfast; husband to Maud Mary Malone, Townshend Avenue, Devonport. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 17

+McCAUSLAND, William James
RMLI. Private. 17058. Plymouth Division. HMS Indefatigable. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 19. Enlisted 31/08/1914. In Indefatigable 27/03/1915 – 31/05/1916. Born Portadown 15/08/1895. Son of Charles and Elizabeth McCausland, Donegall Avenue, Belfast. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 18. IMR. ADM 159/160/17058

+MALONE, Hugh
RN. Cooper. 340469. HMS Indefatigable. Died 31/05/1916. Age 41. Born Belfast. Son of the late Hugh and Mary Malone, Brookfield St., Crumlin Rd., Belfast; husband to Maud Mary Malone, Townshend Avenue, Devonport. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 17

+MOORE, John
RN. AB. 229507. HMS Indefatigable. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 20. Enrolled 15/03/1906 for 12 years. In Indefatigable 24/02/1911 – 31/05/1916. Born Belfast 15/03/1896. Half-brother of Selina Moore, Rowland Street, Belfast. Plymouth Naval Memorial. ADM 188/406/229507

+SLOANE, Douglas
AB. Stoker. J10191. HMS Indefatigable. Jutland, Died 31/05/1916. Age 23. Born Belfast 09 Nov 1893. Son of Robert and Jane Sloane, Nile St., off York St., Belfast. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Sinclair Seamen’s – PCI RH. ADM 188/667/10191

+WHITE, Adam
RN. Leading Stoker. K/5170. HMS Indefatigable. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 25. Enrolled 05/01/1910 for 12 years. In Indefatigable 24/02/11 – 31/05/1916. Born Kirkubbin 15/12/1890. Husband to Sarah White, Parker St, Belfast. Son in law of Andrew and Elizabeth J Black, Parker St., Belfast. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 15

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