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…

James Robert Brown

James Robert Brown, R.N.R was born in 1884, in Bootle, the youngest child of Eliza Jane and Samuel Muir Brown. His father was born Penninghame, Wigtonshire, Scotland and his mother was born in Ireland. Samuel Muir Brown married Eliza Jane Johnston in the spring of 1868, in Liverpool. In 1881 The family were living at…

John Kenny

When she received the news that her son, Seaman John Kenny R.N.R., lost his life on the Laurentic his mother made the arduous journey to Donegal to identify his body and bring his remains home to be buried in Arklow cemetery. John Kenny was was born at 32 Hudson’s Square, Back street, Arklow, County Wicklow…

Allen Percy Hilton

Allen Percy Hilton, Greaser, Mercantile Marine Reserve, was born in Southampton on the 15th of July 1878, the youngest of three children born to John Preston Hilton and Jane Cooper Hilton (née Christopher). His father was born St Ann’s Jamaica in 1831, the son of a West Indian Planter and his mother was born in…