Royal Navy

The Royal Navy is the UK’s naval warfare force and can trace its origins back to the early 16th century. As a result, they are the oldest of the UK’s armed services, and it is, consequently, known as the Senior Service.

As the country expanded its fleet during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the demand for men quickly outstripped supply. Two secondary fleets – the Royal Naval Reserve and the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve – were put in place.

During the First World War, the Royal Navy’s strength was mostly deployed at home in the Grand Fleet, confronting the German High Seas Fleet across the North Sea. Several inconclusive clashes took place between them, chiefly the Battle of Jutland in 1916.


Commonwealth War Graves

Abrey, Able Seaman John (d1917, aged 50, killed in action)

Adams, Stoker Petty Office James (d1917, aged 34, killed in action)

Anderson, Stoker 1st Class Robert (d1917, aged 27, killed in action)

Andrews, Stoker 1st Class Alfred (d1917, aged 20, killed in action)

Bailey, Artificer Newman (d1918, aged 32, illness)

Baker, Stoker Wilfrid (d1918, aged 29, illness)

Banks, Able Seaman Hubert (d1918, aged 22, illness)

Barker, Stoker 2nd Class Harry (d1917, aged 20, killed in action)

Beha, Stoker 1st Class Joseph (d1917, aged 26, killed in action)

Bennett, Stoker Lionel (d1918, aged 18, illness)

Beverley, Stoker 1st Class Walter (d1917, aged 23, killed in action)

Bird, Ordinary Seaman Henry (d1917, aged 19, killed in action)

Bonham, Stoker William (d1918, aged 23, illness)

Boyd, Stoker 1st Class George (d1917, aged 27, killed in action)

Brighton, Artificer William (d1918, aged 40, illness)

Brightwell, Stoker 1st Class Joseph (d1917, aged 23, killed in action)

Brine, Able Seaman Gerald (d1918, aged 20, accidental shooting)

Brooks, Petty Officer Albert (d1919, aged 44, illness)

Bullock, Stoker 1st Class William (d1917, aged 34, killed in action)

Butler, Ordinary Seaman George (d1917, aged 18, killed in action)

Cable, Stoker 1st Class Frederick (d1917, aged 26, killed in action)

Cain, Senior Reserve Assistant George (d1917, aged 20, killed in action)

Cairns, Stoker 1st Class Albert (d1917, aged 22, killed in action)

Callon, Engine Room Artificer Archibald (d1916, aged 26, suicide)

Cash, Stoker 2nd Class Charles (d1917, aged 24, killed in action)

Charlton, Stoker 1st Class Arthur (d1917, aged 25, killed in action)

Cheal, Petty Officer Stoker Frederick (d1919, aged 38, illness)

Clark, Stoker Petty Officer Gilbert (d1919, aged 35, illness)

Clark, Stoker 1st Class Reginald (d1917, aged 21, killed in action)

Clarke, Chief Petty Officer Charles (d1916, aged 47, cause unknown)

Cochran, Shipwright Thomas (d1918, aged 19, killed in action)

Connolly, Officer’s Steward Gerald (d1919, aged 19, drowned)

Corker, Stoker 1st Class Benjamin (d1917, aged 24, killed in action)

Coughlan, Petty Officer William (d1921, aged 29, illness)

Craven, Leading Stoker Joseph (d1916, aged 46, accident)

Crossley, Victualling Assistant George (d1918, aged 56, accident)

Curd, Stoker 1st Class William (d1917, aged 25, killed in action)

Dale, Petty Officer William (d1919, aged 32, illness)

Davidge, Leading Seaman Alfred (d1917, aged 34, illness)

Davidson, Chief Artificer James (d1919, age unknown, cause unknown)

Davies, Able Seaman George (d1917, aged 44, illness)

Day, Boy Clifford (d1914, aged 16, accident)

Duckett, Ordinary Seaman Victor (d1917, aged 30, killed in action)

Duffy, Stoker 1st Class James (d1918, aged 29, illness)

Ellul, Officer’s Cook Carmelo (d1920, aged 32, illness)

Fawcett, Petty Officer George (d1918, aged 45, illness)

Ferrett, Stoker 1st Class Robert (d1917, aged 27, killed in action)

Field, Chief Petty Officer Telegraphist William (d1919, aged 33, illness)

Finlay, Stoker 1st Class Alfred (d1917, aged 24, killed in action)

Fish, Stoker 1st Class Frederick (d1917, aged 23, killed in action)

Funnell, Chief Yeoman of Signals Thomas (d1921, aged 37, illness)

Gigg, Able Seaman Leonard (d1915, aged 33, illness)

Goddard, Stoker 1st Class Albert (d1917, aged 26, killed in action)

Godden, Stoker 1st Class Horace (d1917, aged 27, killed in action)

Goodsell, Ordinary Seaman Harry (d1917, aged 20, killed in action)

Green, Petty Officer James (d1917, aged 48, illness)

Green, Stoker 1st Class John (d1917, aged 22, killed in action)

Hammond, Stoker 1st Class John (d1917, aged 18, killed in action)

Hannon, Able Seaman John (d1918, aged 32, killed in action)

Harriss, Stoker Petty Officer John (d1916, aged 38, illness)

Hart, Donkeyman John (d1917, age and cause of death unknown)

Hartnall, Stoker 1st Class Frederick (d1917, aged 25, killed in action)

Haville, Stoker 1st Class Thomas (d1917, aged 20, killed in action)

Haxell, Stoker 1st Class Arthur (d1917, aged 20, killed in action)

Hay, Stoker 2nd Class Archibald (d1917, aged 17, killed in action)

Herring, Artificer Arthur (d1917, aged 40, killed in action)

Hickey, Stoker 1st Class Christopher (d1917, aged 25, illness)

Hill, Stoker 1st Class Henry (d1917, aged 22, killed in action)

Hoskins, Stoker 1st Class Ernest (d1917, aged 28, killed in action)

Humphrey, Cook’s Mate Arthur (d1917, aged 36, killed in action)

Jackson, Stoker 1st Class Joseph (d1917, aged 33, killed in action)

Jackson, Stoker 1st Class Sydney (d1917, aged 31, killed in action)

Jones, Stoker 1st Class Henry (d1917, aged 23, killed in action)

Jones, Petty Officer Tom (d1921, aged 38, illness)

Kilmartin, Stoker James (d1919, aged 24, illness)

King, Cook’s Mate Harry (d1918, aged 27, accidental death)

Lane, Boatswain Jeremiah (d1919, age and cause of death unknown)

Langridge, Leading Seaman Archibald (d1917, aged 24, killed in action)

Lemmon, Stoker 1st Class Charles (d1917, aged 25, killed in action)

Loose, Stoker 1st Class John (d1917, aged 26, killed in action)

Lucas, Stoker Henry (d1920, aged 31, illness)

Lutitt, Stoker 1st Class Frederick (d1917, aged 30, killed in action)

Macey, Stoker 1st Class Sidney (d1917, aged 19, killed in action)

Madden, Leading Stoker John (d1918, aged 23, killed in action)

Marchant, Stoker Petty Officer Oliver (d1919, aged 44, cause unknown)

Matthews, Boy 2nd Class Albert (d1918, aged 17, illness)

May, Lieutenant Commander William (d1919, aged 64, cause unknown)

Mayes, Carpenter’s Crewman Roland (d1917, aged 21, killed in action)

McGregor, Stoker 1st Class John (d1917, aged 19, killed in action)

McIntyre, Engine Room Artificer Claud (d1917, aged 22, killed in action)

McLean, Stoker 1st Class Alexander (d1917, aged 24, killed in action)

Mercer, Stoker Stuart (d1916, aged 28, illness)

Millard, Artificer George (d1918, aged 21, illness)

Miller, Artificer Charles (d1920, aged 32, illness)

Moore, Leading Stoker Percy (d1917, aged 28, killed in action)

Mudford, Leading Seaman Edward (d1920, aged 21, illness)

O’Brien, Stoker 1st Class Cornelius (d1918, age unknown, illness)

Osborne, Leading Stoker William (d1917, aged 25, killed in action)

Parker, Stoker 1st Class Frederick (d1917, aged 29, killed in action)

Peters, Able Seaman Robert (d1917, aged 24, killed in action)

Pople, Stoker Frederick (d1919, aged 31, illness)

Purton, Stoker 1st Class Alfred (d1917, aged 19, killed in action)

Reyner, Stoker 1st Class Frederick (d1917, aged 33, killed in action)

Rose, Stoker 1st Class Herbert (d1918, aged 25, illness)

Sandell, Boy George (d1919, aged 16, illness)

Scribbens, Leading Stoker Cecil (d1919, aged 34, illness)

Seager, Chief Stoker John (d1918, aged 49, illness)

Sharp, Stoker 1st Class Horace (d1917, aged 23, killed in action)

Shiplee, Officer’s Steward Frederick (d1917, aged 21, drowned)

Shirley, Stoker 1st Class William (d1917, aged 21, killed in action)

Shuttle, Ordinary Seaman George (d1917, aged 18, killed in action)

Smith, Stoker 1st Class Arthur (d1918, aged 27, illness)

Smith, Ordinary Seaman Robert (d1917, aged 28, killed in action)

Smith, Stoker 1st Class William (d1917, aged 30, killed in action)

Spiteri, Officer’s Cook Paolo (d1921, aged 42, illness)

Stagg, Boy 2nd Class Sidney (d1919, aged 17, illness)

Strong, Able Seaman Percy (d1918, aged 21, drowned)

Thorne, Chief Stoker William (d1918, aged 37, illness)

Towills, Ordinary Seaman Sidney (d1918, aged 18, illness)

Tynan, Stoker Patrick (d1919, aged 26, illness)

Voice, Painter 2nd Class Arthur (d1917, aged 22, killed in action)

Wakeford, Stoker 1st Class William (d1917, aged 32, killed in action)

Walton, Stoker 1st Class William (d1917, aged 49, killed in action)

Ware, Chief Stoker Ernest (d1916, aged 44, illness)

Warne, Chief Writer James (d1917, aged 33, killed in action)

Wate, Stoker 1st Class Henry (d1917, aged 20, killed in action)

Webber, Leading Telegraphist Ernest (d1918, aged 21, illness)

Whiddon, Chief Sick Berth Steward John (d1916, aged 40, illness)

Wootton, Able Seaman Gregory (d1917, aged 18, killed in action)

Commonwealth War Graves from the camera of CKPonderingsToo

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