I have had the privilege of visiting the following memorials / graves and would be only too happy to forward the photographs I took to any relative of those named below:
More than 45,000 men and women lost their lives while serving with the Royal Navy during WWI. Although many were members of the RN Division who died fighting on land, the majority were lost at sea and have no known grave.
After the Armistice, the naval authorities and the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission were determined to find an appropriate way to commemorate naval personnel who had no grave but the sea. The three manning ports in Great Britain of Plymouth, Chatham and Portsmouth were selected for an identical memorial, of unmistakable naval form … an obelisk, to serve as a leading mark for shipping.
The Plymouth Naval Memorial was unveiled by HRH The Prince George on 29th July 1924, it commemorates over 7200 naval personnel of the First World War.
Able Seaman Tom Gardner J/21878 – HMS Defence RN Ref:12
Telegraphist Mersey Charles Simpson Harrison Z/2128 – HMS Drifter Cosmos RN Volunteer Res Ref:30
“ … to the abiding memory of the ranks and ratings
who laid down their lives in the defence of the Empire
and have no known grave than the sea ..”
Private Edward Jackson Blake 112625 – 7th Btn The King’s Liverpool Rgt Ref: New 127
Lance Corporal James Taylor Grant G/75396 – Royal Fusiliers MM Ref: New 7 “Of Strathspey Prestwich”
Lieutenant Wilfrid Hulme – 1st Btn The King’s Liverpool Regt (attached to 6th Trench Mortar Battery) Ref: New 232
Second Lieutenant Harold Jones – Royal Defence Corps Ref: Old 900 “who gave up his life for duty”
Private James Leach 28529 – 1st Btn Manchester Rgt Ref: New 153
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Irene Kellett (Deputy Churchwarden, St.Margaret’s)
INFORMATION BEING COLLATED
THE PRESTWICH CONNECTION …
Edward Jackson BLAKE – was the son of Edward and Annie Blake of Big House Farm, Simister Lane, Rhodes. At the time of the 1901 Census, he lived at 248 Simister Lane, Prestwich
James Taylor GRANT – was the son of Robert & Helen Lawrie Grant of “Strathspey”, Guest Road, Prestwich
Tom GARDENER – was the son of James Gardener of 23 Chester Street, Prestwich
Charles Simpson HARRISON – was the son of Charles Judson Harrison & Mary Ann Harrison of 3 Colchester Avenue, Prestwich
Wilfrid HULME – was the son of George & Mary J Hulme of “Saxonholme”, Prestwich
Harold JONES – was the son of Joseph & Harriet Jones. Married to Agnes Hattersfield, they lived at 1 Orange Hill Road, Prestwich
James LEACH – was the son of Jonathan & Mary Alice Leach. He had a wife whose address is recorded as 22 Bailey Street, Prestwich