20389/DA H.M.S VICTORY ROYAL NAVAL RESERVE (PORTSMOUTH)
WHO DIED 22ND SEPTEMBER 1918 AGED 18YRS
REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR LITTLE MARLOW CEMETERY BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
George was born on 15TH January 1900 son of Joseph & Minnie nee Summerfield. His parents married in 1894. The 1911 Census shows the family living at Heath End Flackwell Heath, Buckinghamshire. George is 11 yrs old and his siblings listed are Florence May aged 14yrs, William aged 9yrs, Lizzie aged 7yrs and Edith? Aged 2yrs. The parents record having had 8 children of whom 5 are still living at this time.
George enlisted on 11th May 1915 and his service record shows he is described as being 4’ 9” tall with a dark complexion and dark hair. He had tattoo marks on his right forearm, anchor above crossed flags and “GP” and “love” on the back of his right hand! He was a signal boy to start with and was transferred from HMS Victory on 24/5/15 to the “Ilex”. His conduct was reported to be very good. He served on other named depots or ships including “Boadicea 11”, “Amethyst 11” and “Pembroke”.
It is confusing as we tend to assume the men saw action on these but they were also names of Shore Establishments. The H.M.S. Victory was a Portsmouth Depot ship in WW1 and this original ex-warship was used for accommodation. They had to use the same name to comply with the Naval Discipline Act. George saw a great deal of service on home waters on patrol and other duties. He proved himself efficient in every way and had a promising career.
George finished his career as a deck hand with H.M.S Victory from 15th July 1918. He died in the Royal Navy Barracks in Portsmouth from “pneumonia and syncope? ” on 22nd September 1918. His funeral was at Little Marlow on October 5th 1918.