June 3 – The RN ships of Jutland – 4

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HMS Queen Mary, HMS Defence and HMS Royal Oak
with their Rolls of Honour

HMS Queen Mary

HMS Queen Mary, a Lion Class battle cruiser was completed by Palmers in 1913. She was blown up after a direct hit from the German battlecruiser Derrflinger.

The Navigating Officer of HMS New Zealand recorded his observances at 4.26 pm on 31/05/1916. “All seemed to be going well with us on New Zealand when suddenly I saw a salvo hit Queen Mary on her port side. A small cloud of what looked like coal-dust came out from where she was hit, but nothing more until several moments later, when a terrific yellow flame with a heavy and very dense mass of black smoke showed ahead, and the Queen Mary herself was no longer visible. The Tiger was steaming at 24 knots only 500 yards astern of Queen Mary, and hauled sharply out of the line to port and disappeared in this dense mass of smoke. We hauled out to starboard, and Tiger and ourselves passed one on each side of the Queen Mary. We passed her about 50 yards on our port beam by which time the smoke had blown fairly clear, revealing the stern from the after funnel aft afloat, and the propellers still revolving, but the for’ard part had already gone under. There was no sign of fire or of cordite flame, and men were crawling out of the top of the after turret and up the after hatchway. When we were abreast and only about 150 yards away from her, this after portion rolled over and, as it did so, blew up. The most noticeable thing was the masses and masses of paper which were blown into the air as this after portion exploded. Great masses of iron were thrown into the air, and I saw, I suppose at least 100 or 200 feet high, a boat which may have been a dinghy or a pinnace, still intact but upside down as I could see the thwarts. Before we had quite passed, Queen Mary completely disappeared.”

1266 were killed, seven wounded and two taken prisoner.

ROLL OF HONOUR HMS QUEEN MARY

+BURNS, John
RN. Sailmaker. 182612. HMS Queen Mary. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Aged 38. Served as O’Brien. Served in the South African War. Son of Bridget Burns, Crumlin Rd., Belfast; husband to Rachel Burns, Cottage View, Landport, Portsmouth. Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Panel 14

+CARRUTHERS, T
RN. Leading Seaman. SS/2913. Died 31/05/1916. Belfast. Chatham Naval Memorial Panel 15.

CONNOR, Robert
SS111979. HMS Queen Mary, Jutland. B, Belfast 22 Aug 1887. ADM 188/1117/111979

+FLETCHER, Robert
RNR. 1422U. Stoker. HMS Queen Mary. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 42. Son of Robert and Jane Fletcher, Belfast; husband to Margaret Fletcher, Eighth St., Belfast. Father of Martha, brother of Rachel. Belfast Telegraph in memoriam 31/05/1917. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 23. Shankill Rd Mission – PCI RH. IMR

+GRIBBEN, Robert McDowell
RNR. Stoker. T1879. Died 31/05/1916. Age 39. Son of William and Eliza Gribben; husband of Maggie Gribben, of Larne. Daughter. of James Hunter. Larne Times report 17/06/1916, “Robert was survived by his widow and 5 children residing at 5 Quay Lane, Larne. Known children: Elizabeth McDowell (Lizzie), Jane, James Hunter and Robert McDowell Gribben. Robert was Roman Catholic, Margaret and children were Presbyterian. Before joining the navy, Robert was employed by Howden Bros. Ltd., as a coal filler at the Bank Quays, Larne”. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 23. Larne WM. Family memorial in Greenland Cemetery, Larne.

+HULSON, Samuel
RN. Leading Stoker. K/3333. HMS Queen Mary. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Brother of Mrs WH Norris. Belfast Telegraph in memoriam 31/05/1917. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 16

+KELLY, Felix Ruddy
J19472. Able Seaman. Died 31/05/1916. Age 21. Born Strabane. Son of Francis and Elizabeth Kelly, Rathmore, Cabra Park, Dublin. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 12.

+KENNEDY,  Peter
RNR. Stoker. 1836U. HMS Queen Mary. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916.  Age 33. “Stoker Kennedy was a reserve man and prior to being called up was a head fireman in Workman, Clarke & Company’s north yard. He was a native of Ballymena and served for 15 years in HM Navy. Deceased, was an enthusiastic member of Cavehill L.O.L. 1956 and the RBP 181”- Ballymena Observer. Son of the late Frank and Jane Kennedy of Larne Road, Ballymena; husband to Jane Kennedy, Ritchie Street, York Rd., Belfast. They had five children. Belfast Telegraph in memoriam 31/05/1917. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 23. Harryville – PCI RH. Castleton – PCI RH. IMR

+McBRIDE, Victor William
RNR. Stoker. 3726S. HMS Queen Mary. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 27. Son of John and Elizabeth Anderson, Alexandra Park Avenue, Belfast. Belfast Telegraph in memoriam 31/05/1917. Newington – PCI RH. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 23

+McMAW, Richard
RNR. Stoker. HMS Queen Mary. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Son of Walter and Annie McMaw, Eden, Carrickfergus; husband to Elizabeth McMaw, Eden. Links with Ballycarry. Carrickfergus WM. Bully Grennay Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. IMR

+MOORE, William
RNR. Stoker. 2229T. HMS Queen Mary. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Mill Lane, Larne. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 23. Larne, Gardenmore – PCI RH. IMR

+O’NEILL, Robert
RN. Stoker. 2088U. HMS Queen Mary. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Husband to Jane, and father of Mary and Sarah O’Neill, Fife St., Belfast. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 23. Family memorial, Milltown Cemetery, Belfast RC52B

+RODGERS, James Grant
RN. Stoker 1st Cl. 229527. Died 31/05/1916. Age 29. Son of James and Jane Rodgers, City St., Donegall Ave., Belfast. Chatham Naval Memorial, Panel 17.

+STRANGE, Samuel
RN. Stoker. 326V. HMS Queen Mary. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 46. Hartwell St., Belfast/Coventry Street, Belfast. Duncairn – PCI RH. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 23

+TREGENNA, Charles Hambly
RN. Plumber. 341342. Died 31/05/1916. Belfast. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 20.

HMS Defence

HMS Defence was a Minotaur class armoured cruiser built for the Royal Navy on the mid-1900s. She was the last armoured cruiser built for the Royal Navy. She was stationed in the Mediterranean when the First World War began and participated in the pursuit of the German battlecruiser SMS battlecruiser SMS Goeben and light cruiser SMS Breslau.
Defence was transferred to the Grand Fleet in January 1915. At the Battle of Jutland she blew up whilst under heavy fire from the German battleship Friedrich Der Grosse.

ROLL OF HONOUR – HMS DEFENCE

+BOAL, John
RN. AB.216495. Died 31/05/1916. Born Belfast 15/09/1885. Nephew of Robert and Annie McGrath, Donegore St., Belfast. Belfast Telegraph in memoriam 31/05/1917. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 11. IMR. ADM 188/379/216495

+BRUCE, John
RN. Petty Officer Stoker. K13656. HMS Defence. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Born Belfast 22/03/1888. Adopted son of William Johnston, Ballyduff, Carnmoney. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 14. ADM 188/894/13656

+COLLINS, Thomas
RN. Stoker 1st Cl. SS 113699. HMS Defence. Jutland. Died 31/5/1916. Aged 22. Born Dublin 14/5/1893, Son of Michael and Nancy Collins, Broughmore, Ballycastle. Brother of George and John. George was killed in the last week of the war. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 15. Ballycastle WM

+COOPER, Herbert
RNR. St John’s Parish Church, Newcastle WM. May be Herbert J Gunner 14544 Defence 30/05/1916. Jutland

+CROSSAN, Thomas Lawrence
RMLI. PLY/17318. Died 31/05/1916. Mossley

+CROTHERS, John
RNR. Seaman. 6583A. HMS Defence. Died 31/05/1916. Age 29. Jutland. Husband to Eliza J Crothers Clifton Hampden, Berks., formerly of Earl St., Belfast. Son of Thomas, Ivan St., Belfast. Brother of Robert who also died at Jutland I HMS Invincible. (See below). Belfast Telegraph in memoriam 31/05/1917. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 23

+CROTHERS, Robert
RN. Stoker 1st Class. SS/108396. HMS Invincible. Died 31/05/1916. Age 27. Jutland. Son of Thomas, Ivan St., Belfast. Three brothers on active service. Brother John also died at Jutland in HMS Defence (See above). Son of Johnston Crothers, Ivan St., Belfast. Belfast Telegraph in memoriam 31/05/1917. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 17

+FORSYTH, William
Stoker 1st Class. 305407. HMS Defence. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 35.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. Died 31/05/1916. Age 22. Wauchope St., Belfast. Son of David and Annie Glover, Manning Avenue, Toronto, Canada. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 18.

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

+JOHNSTON, Samuel Currie
RMLI. Private.PLY/17830. HMS Defence. Jutland. 31/05/1916. Brother of Mary Wilson, Jamaica St., Belfast. Belfast Telegraph in memoriam 31/05/1917. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 18. IMR

+KERR, Robert
272303. Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class. Died 31/05/1916. Age 24. Born Newtownstewart. Only son of Robert and Martha Kerr, of Dublin St., Newtownstewart. Plymouth Naval Memorial.

+McAULEY, Patrick Hugh
RN. Leading Seaman. J/1215. HMS Defence. Jutland. Died 31/5/1916. 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. Gunner. HMS Defence. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Over 16 years of service. 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

+McEWAN, Robert
RNR. Stoker. 3778S. HMS Defence. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Ivan St., Belfast. Brother of Susan, William and John. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 23. IMR

+MONTGOMERY, John
RMLI. Private. PLY/17190. Died 31/05/1916. Age 23. Son of Isaac Montgomery, Mill St., Belfast. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 18.

MORROW, James
HMS Defence. Jutland. B, Belfast 18 May 1890. ADM 188/425/239120

+MORROW, James
AB. 239120. HMS Defence. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 27. Born Belfast. Son of Isabella Morrow, Hamilton Place, Killyleagh. Killyleagh – PCI RH. Plymouth Naval Memorial. IMR

MULHERRON, George John
SS117481. HMS Defence. Jutland. Born Belfast 16/10/1894. ADM 188/1123/117481

+POLLOCK, Joseph
RN. Ordinary Seaman. J25436. HMS Defence. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 18. Born Belfast. Son of Elizabeth Pollock, Epworth St., Belfast. Plymouth Naval Memorial. IMR

+POTTS, Andrew
Able Seaman. 228087. Died 31/05/1916. Age 30. Born Belfast. Son of John and Annie Potts, Christopher St., Belfast. Plymouth Naval Memorial.

+REYNOLDS, Thomas Henry
RN. Chief Writer. 343419. HMS Defence. Died 31/05/1916. Aged 34. Born Ardglass 19/06/1881. Son of William Reynolds, Co. Cork. Husband to Beatrice (nee Roberts), Johnston Terrace, Devonport. Thomas and Beatrice were married just a few days before the sinking of HMS Defence. ADM 188/519/343419

+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, Charles
RN. Chief Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class. 271165. HMS Defence. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Son of Margaret Taylor, Melrose St., Belfast, and the late John Taylor. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 14

+TAYLOR, William
Cooper. HMS Defence. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Brother of Charles Taylor, HMS Defence. Sons of John Taylor, Northbrook St., Belfast. Belfast Evening Telegraph 16/06/1916

WATTERS, Franklin
HMS Defence. Jutland. Born Portadown 29/03/1886. ADM 188/381/217178

+WOODWARD, James
Leading Stoker. K9273. HMS Defence. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 24. Born Belfast. Son of Ellen Woodward, Fraser St., Belfast; and the late John Woodward. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Christ Church, Durham St., Belfast, WM

HMS Royal Oak

HMS Royal Oak was one of five Revenge-class battleships built for the Royal Navy during the First World War. Launched in 1914 and completed in 1916, Royal Oak first saw combat at Jutland as part of the Grand Fleet. Assigned to the Third Division of the Fourth Battle Squadron of the Grand Fleet and under the command of Captain Crawford Machlachlan, Royal Oak left Scapa Flow on the evening of 30/05/1916 in the company of the battleships Superb, Canada, and Admiral Jellicoe’s flagship Iron Duke. The next day’s indecisive battle saw Royal Oak fire a total of thirty-eight 15-inch and eighty-four 6-inch shells, claiming three hits on the battlecruiser SMS Derfflinger, putting one of its turrets out of action, and a hit on the cruiser SMS Wiesbaden. She avoided damage herself, despite being straddled by shellfire on one occasion. Following the battle, Royal Oak was reassigned to the First Battle Squadron.

ROLL OF HONOUR HMS ROYAL OAK

FRAZER, William James
SS109179. HMS Royal Oak Jutland. Born Belfast 11/12/1890. ADM 188/1115/109179

McILREAVY, Hugh
RN Seaman.SS4282. HMS Royal Oak. Jutland. Born Portstewart 25/09/1894. Son of Daniel and Margaret (nee Hamilton) McIlreavy, Mullaghacall, Portstewart. Later the family moved to Ethel Street, Belfast. His aunt, Mrs. William A. Frizzell, lived at the Post Office, Main Street, Portstewart. (Northern Constitution 02/12/1916 & 22/05/1922 – Unveiling Presbyterian Church’s Memorial & Roll of Honour). Portstewart Presbyterian Church RH. Ulsterville – PCI RH. PCI – RH. ADM 188/1098/4282

McMULLAN, Joseph
SS109167. Born Portaferry, 05/08/1891. ADM 188/1115/109167

MORRISON, Robert
J36376. Born Belfast 26/12/1895. ADM 188/719/36376

O’HAINE, James Francis
J42011. Born Londonderry 02/04/1895. ADM 188/731/42011

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