Richard Firman Dodd

Steward Richard Firman Dodd was born in London in 1882, the youngest child of George and Charlotte Dodd (née Firman).  Richard’s father was born in Streatham in 1837 and was working as a Coachman when he married Charlotte Firman, born 1841, also a Londoner, in March 1865, at St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe, in the City of London….

James Edwin Yarnton

Private James Edwin (Jim) Yarnton, Royal Marine Light Infantry was born on the 14th of March 1895 in Deptford, South East London, the eldest son of James and Clara Yarnton (née Gifford), one of eight children. His father James was born in 1867 in Whitechapel and his mother Clara in 1869 in Deptford. The couple…

Harold John Warburton

Signalman Harold John Warburton, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, was born on the 19th of July 1897 to John and Mary Warburton (née Smith). His parents were both born and raised in Salford. They married in St Philip’s Church Salford, on June 29th 1891. Their first two children, Douglas and Eva, were born in Salford and…

Ernest Edward Midgley

Engineer Sub Lieutenant Ernest Edward Midgley, R.N.R. was born was born in 1888, the 3rd son of John Charles and Elizabeth Midgley, and in 1917 he was living at 16, Buxton Road, Rock Ferry, Birkenhead. Ernest served his apprenticeship at Messrs. Cammell Laird & Co., Shipbuilders and on the outbreak of war, in August, 1914,…

John O’Brien

John O’Brien, Seaman, Royal Naval Reserve, was born in Youghal, a seaside town in East Cork, on the 18th February 1885, the second surviving child of John and Ellen O’Brien (née Hallahan). His father was a fisherman from Monatray, County Waterford, born 1858, and his mother was born in Youghal. The couple married on the…

James Highfield Edney

Petty Officer 1st Class James Highfield Edney, Royal Navy, served for more than twenty years in the Royal Navy before the First World War. He saw service from Egypt to the Sudan and retired from the Navy in 1903, settling in to civilian life as a Chauffeur and starting a family, but was called up…

William Fulton Woodrow

Able Seaman William Fulton Woodrow RNVR was born in Glasgow, Kelvin in 1894, the only son of Mary and James Paton Woodrow. His father James was born at Chapel Farm, Maryhill in 1857. He married Jessie Fraser in Glasgow in 1886 and the couple had two children: Charlotte, born 1888 and Jessie, born 1889. But…

George Henry Newman

Leading Seaman George Henry Newman was born on the 19th of January 1886 in Newick Street, Plymouth. He was the eldest son of Hannah and Henry William Newman. George’s father Henry was born in London and joined the Navy aged 15, in 1867. He became a signaller, progressing gradually up the ranks. The Navy brought…

Arthur Charles Hodges

Fireman Arthur Charles Hodges, Mercantile Marine Reserve, was born in Acton, West London, in December 1877 to Charles and Mary Ann Hodges (née Barber), both Londoners. He was the eldest of their 12 children. His father was born in St Pancras in 1855 and grew up in Marleybone and Hammersmith, working in a variety of…

Ralph Cuthbert

Petty Officer Ralph Cuthbert was born in Stanwick, Northampton, on the 20th of March 1878. He was the youngest son of Joseph Cuthbert, a boot and shoemaker, and his second wife Betsy. Joseph and Betsy, both from Stanwick, married in 1866 after the death of Joseph’s first wife, Emma, the previous year, when she was…