June 4 – The ships of Jutland – 5

HMS Invincible, HMS Lion, HMS Turbulent and HMS Warrior with their Rolls of Honour

HMS INVINCIBLE

The Invincible had previously served at the Battle of Heligoland Bight, the hunt for the Graf Spee and the Battle of the Falkland Islands, before engaging the German vessels SMS Derfflinger and Lützow at the Battle of Jutland. The Derrlinger was sunk by Invincible before the Lützow turned her guns on her, sinking the vessel. As Invincible returned the broadside, she inflicted fatal damage on the Lützow, before sinking herself. 1026 crew were killed on board HMS Invincible. Only 6 crew survived.

ROLL OF HONOUR HMS INVINCIBLE

+CARLISLE, John Cleland
Boy First Class. J34312 (Dev). HMS Invincible. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Enrolled 03/12/1916 for 12 years. War service in Impregnable (31/05/1916 – 13/05/1915) and Invincible (14/05/1915 – 31/05/1916). Born Belfast 31/12/1898. Son of Sarah Boyd, Clementine St., Belfast Telegraph in memoriam 31/05/1917. Plymouth Naval Memorial Panel 13. ADM 188/715/34312

+CHAMBERS, Bernard
RNR. Stoker. 3353S. HMS Invincible. Died 31/05/1916. Aged 24. Bernard was one of 1026 crew killed on board HMS Invincible when it was sunk during the Battle of Jutland. Only 6 crew survived. Obituary in Carrick Advertiser 16/06/1916. Son of William and Catherine Chambers, Irish Quarter South, Carrickfergus. Roman Catholic Church, Barns Mills RH. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 23. Carrickfergus WM

+CRAWFORD, Bernard
Stoker. HMS Invincible. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Scotch Quarter, Carrickfergus

+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

+HALL, William
RN. AB. 234154. Leading torpedo operator. HMS Invincible. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 29. Enrolled 11/08/1905 for 12 years. War service in Vivid, Defiance, Exmouth and in Invincible (11/11/1914 – 31/05/1916). Born Belfast 11/08/1887. Parkstone, Dorset. Belfast Telegraph in memoriam 31/05/1917. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 12. IMR. ADM 188/415/234154

+HUGHES, William John
RN. Petty Officer Stoker. 307002. HMS Invincible. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 30. Son of John and Mary Hughes, Belfast. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 16. IMR

+KERR, Hugh Sloan
RNR. ERA. 1352EA. HMS Invincible. Died 31/05/1916. Age 26. Son of Robert and Ellen Jane Kerr; husband to Elizabeth Catherine Kerr, Woodcot Avenue, Bloomfield, Belfast. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 23. Bloomfield – PCI RH. IMR

McCLEAN, John
M11608. HMS Invincible. Jutland. Born Belfast 27/08/1895. ADM 188/1041/11608

+McCULLOUGH, John
RN. Boy 1st Class. J37462. HMS Invincible. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 17. Boy service from 20/04/1915. Enrolled 20/04/1915. War service in Impregnable and Invincible (27/08/1915 – 31/05/1916). Born Belfast 17/02/1899. Son of John and Mary McCullough, Southwell St., Belfast. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 13. IMR. ADM 188/721/37462

+McCULLOUGH, John
RN. Gunner. HMS Invincible. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Mineral St., Belfast. Brother of Annie Miller, Wenesley St., Belfast.

+McCULLOUGH, T
RN. Gunner. HMS Invincible. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Brother of Annie Miller, Wensley St. Belfast, whose husband was on active service. Mineral St., Belfast

+McILWRATH, Samuel
RNR. Stoker. 2045S. HMS Invincible. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 23. Son of Samuel and Agnes McIlwrath, Hogart St., Belfast. Husband to Maggie McIlwrath, Cambridge St., Belfast. Father of two children. Son of S.McIlwrath, Grove St., Belfast. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 23. York Street – PCI RH

+McILWRATH, Samuel
Stoker. HMS Invincible. Died 31/05/1916. Age 27. Cambridge St., and Grove St., Belfast. Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Sinclair Seaman’s – PCI RH

+McKENNA, Robert
RN. Ordinary Seaman. J/31862. HMS Invincible. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 18. Boy service from 20/06/1914. Enrolled 19/05/1916 for 12 years. Impregnable, Victory I and Invincible (04/05/1915 – 31/05/1916). Born Glasgow 19/05/1895. Ward of David McDowell, School Buildings, Belfast Union, Belfast. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 13. ADM 188/710/31862

+REA, William A
RN. Stoker First Class. 289073. HMS Invincible. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916 following a prolonged illness and operation. Age 37. Born Belfast. Was a motorman on the Belfast trams and on the outbreak of war he rejoined the Navy. Son of William and Mary Rea, of Co. Antrim; husband to Mary Rea, Cairns Building, Crumlin Rd., Belfast. Ballysillan PCI. Belfast Corporation RH. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 19. IMR

+UNSWORTH, William Hubert
RN. Sub Lieutenant (E). HMS Invincible. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Invincible had previously served at the Battle of Heligoland Bight, the hunt for the Graf Spee and the Battle of the Falkland Islands, before engaging the German vessels SMS Derfflinger and Lützow at the Battle of Jutland on 31/ 05/1916. The Derrlinger was sunk by Invincible before the Lützow turned her guns on her, sinking the vessel. As Invincible returned the broadside, she inflicted fatal damage on the Lützow, before sinking herself. William Hubert Unsworth is recorded as signing the Ulster Covenant at the Old Town Hall in 1912. Son of William Thomas and Margaret Unsworth, of Taymount, Bloomfield, Belfast. Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Strandtown WM. QUB WM. St Columba’s Parish Church, Knock, RH

+WALLS, Thomas Andrew
RN. Carpenter. DSC. HMS Invincible. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 42. DSC awarded Battle of the Falklands 08/12/1914. Son of Thomas and Sarah Walls, of Strabane; husband to Isabel Walls, Warren Avenue, Milton, Portsmouth. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 11. Strabane – PCI RH

+WILSON, Thomas
RMLI. Private. 11164. Plymouth Division. HMS Invincible. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 29. Enlisted 24/09/1901. In Invincible 11/11/1914 – 31/05/1916. Born Whiteabbey 21/08/1884. Son of Thomas and Annie J. Wilson, Bentinck St., Belfast. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 18. ADM 159/79/11164

HMS LION

Lion was a battle-cruiser of the Splendid Cats class. Lion participated in the battles of Heligoland Bight (28/08/1914), Dogger Bank (24/01/1915) and Jutland (31/05/1916). At Dogger Bank, the Lion scored a somewhat lucky hit on the Seyditz which caused a cordite flashback that burned out the latter’s two rear turrets.

During the Battle of Jutland, the Lion was hit by a 12” (305 mm) salvo from the Lützow which blew the roof off one of the “Q” turrets. Dozens of Royal Marines were killed, but a far larger catastrophe was averted when Major Francis Harvey, the wounded turret commander, ordered the magazine to be sealed and flooded, thereby preventing the cordite propellant from setting off a massive explosion.

ROLL OF HONOUR HMS LION

+DOHERTY, Patrick Joseph
RNR. Stoker 1st Class. SS116687. HMS Lion. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Enlisted 26/01/1915. In Vivid and Lion (16/04/1915 – 31/05/1916). Born Coleraine 21/09/1894. Son of John Doherty, Irish Houses, Coleraine. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 15. Coleraine WM. IMR. ADM 188/1122/11668

+MARTIN, William Henry
RMLI. Private. PLY/13501. HMS Lion. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 28. Enrolled Belfast 16/08/1905. Served in Talbot and Russell. In Lion 04/06/1812 – 31/05/1916. Born Portpatriek, Wigtownshire 26/01/1847. Son of the late Stewart Martin, Ballymena St., Belfast; husband to Edith Maud Martin, Wellfield Rd., Streatham, London. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 18. IMR. ADM 159/153/13501

+SALES, Thomas
RMLI. Private. 14074. Plymouth Division. HMS Lion. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Enrolled 23/07/1907. In Lion 04/06/192 – 31/05/1916. Brother David on active service. Born Antrim 28/05/1890. Son of Thomas Sales, March St., Belfast. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 16. ADM 159/154/14074

+THORPE, Herbert
RN. Stoker 1st Class. 301968. HMS Lion. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 32. Enrolled 05/11/1902 for 12 years. In Lion 04/06/1912 – 31/05/1916. Born Belfast 19/10/883. Stoker Thorpe was present when the Blucher was sunk by Admiral Beatty’s squadron. Herbert’s brother Rifleman Alfred Victor Thorpe was born in 1879 and served with the 6th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, which was part of the 10th Irish Division. He died, aged 38, on 16/05/1917 and is buried in the Struma Military Cemetery in Thessalonika, Greece. They were the sons of James Thorpe, a Brush Maker with the Northern Brush Company, Malvern Street (1880) and Townsend Street. Their sister, Mrs Maggie Irvine, was living at Howard Street South in 1915 and it is probable that Herbert and Alfred were boarding with her after the death of their father. A second married sister, Mary Heathwood, was living at Canterbury Street. The names of Herbert Thorpe and Alfred Victor Thorpe are on the Crescent Presbyterian Church WM. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 16 . ADM 188/490/301968

HMS TURBULENT

HMS Turbulent was a Talisman-class destroyer which was sunk by the German battleship SMS Westfalen during the early hours of the 1 June 1916. Only 13 survived from a crew of 109; these were interned as PoWs.

ROLL OF HONOUR HMS TURBULENT

+ELDER, Robert Craig
RN. Petty Officer Stoker. 311202. HMS Turbulent. Jutland. Died 31/05/1916. Age 27. Enrolled 29/01/1907 for 12 years. War service in Cormorant, Sutlej, St.George, Wellington, Pembroke and Turbulent (29/04/1916 – 31/05/1916). Born Govan 02/08/1888. Son of John and Isabella Elder, Belfast. Husband to Agnes McKittrick (formerly Elder), East Bread St., Belfast. Father of two little children. Belfast Telegraph in memoriam 31/05/1917. Chatham Naval Memorial, Panel 17. Bloomfield – PCI RH. IMR. ADM 188/509/311202

+THOMPSON, John Wallace
RN. AB.189958. Died 01/06/1916. Age 36. Served in the South African War. Awarded China Medal, 1900. Son of Jacob and Mary Thompson, Forsythe St., Belfast. Chatham Naval Memorial, Panel 16

HMS WARRIOR

HMS Warrior was a Warrior-class armoured cruiser built in the first decade of the 20th century. She was stationed in the Mediterranean when WW1 began and participated in the pursuiit of of the German battlecruiser SMS Goeben and light cruiser SMS Breslau. Warrior was transferred to the Grand Fleet in December 1914 and remained there for the rest of her career.

At Jutland Warrior was heavily damaged by the German shells, which caused large fires and heavy flooding, although her engines continued running for long enough to allow her to withdraw to the west. She was taken in tow by the seaplane tender HMS Engadine who took off her surviving crew of 743. She was abandoned in a rising sea at 8:25 a.m. on 1 June when her upper deck was only 4 feet (1.2 m) above the water, and subsequently foundered.

ROLL OF HONOUR HMS WARRIOR

+DAVIES, George Cardwell
RN. Able Seaman. J/3982. Died 31/05/1916. Age 21. Born about 1895. His father was originally from England, a Ship’s Steward. Son of Harold and Margaret Davies, Derryoghill, Moy. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 11. Moy WM.

DOGGART, Edmund Horzman
222643. Born Belfast 07 Mar 1887. ADM 188/392/222643

MULHOLLAND, Robert
225487. Born Belfast 12/04/1885. ADM 188/397/225487

O’BOYLE, Bernard
237265. Born Hamilton Bawn, Co. Armagh 23 /01/1890. ADM 188/421/237265

PITMAN, Thomas Henry alias George
J18456. Born Belfast, 05/11/1896. ADM 188/683/18456

ROSS, Daniel
222400. Born Belfast 19/11/1885. ADM 188/391/222400

VANCE, George Fredrick
229724. Born Newry, 18/12/1887. ADM 188/406/229724

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