Royal Navy

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Today we remember …

11th November, 1916

William Hall. Schoolmaster. Chaplain & Naval Instructor, HMS Venerable, Royal Navy. Died on active service.

William Hall taught maths at Radley for just one year in 1889-90. He then taught at Rossall School until 1893, when he left to take Holy Orders. He served as Chaplain and Instructor to the Royal Navy from 1894 until his death on active service in 1916. He was a distinguished mathematician who had graduated as 2nd Wrangler from Cambridge University (King’s College). His naval career utilised his maths and he was the author of several books on navigation: Ex-Meridian Altitude Tables, Modern Navigation, Model Sights, Tables and Constants, and lnman’s Nautical Tables. He was seconded to the Ottoman Navy in 1910 and to the Australian Royal Navy in 1912. He served in the Endymion and the Astraea (1895-98), in the Raleigh (1899), St George (1899-1902), London (1902-4), Aurora (1904-5), Highflyer (1905-6), Britannia (1906-09), and the Collingwood (1911) before his final posting to the Venerable.

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Today we remember …

Mesopotamia Campaign

17th September 1916. John Bankes-Price. D Social, 1909. Flt-Lt, Royal Naval Air Service. Killed in action at El Arish, Mesopotamia (now Iraq).

John Bankes-Price was the son of the British Consul in Chicago. He joined the Royal Naval Air Service in 1915. He is commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial. Aged 21

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Today we remember …

31st May 1916.  Harold Gore-Browne, G Social, 1899.  Assistant Paymaster, HMS Invincible,  Royal Navy.

Died on HMS Invincible during the Battle of Jutland.Harold Gore-Browne was the grandson of the Bishop of Winchester.   He joined the Navy pay corps immediately upon leaving school in 1904. At the time of the Battle of Jutland, he was serving as Secretary to Rear Admiral Horace Hood on his flagship, HMS Invincible.

The destruction of HMS Invincible

The vanguards of the battlefleets, made up of battlecruisers and smaller ships, collided just before 18.00. The German fleet, possessing better gunnery and range-finding equipment, had the better of the early exchanges. Hood’s squadron was heavily engaged, Invincible facing the combined batteries of SMS Lutzow and SMS Derfflinger. The combination of the two ships proved too tough for Hood’s flagship however, and a shell from Derfflinger penetrated the “Q” turret of Invincible.

This resulted in a catastrophic explosion from the ship’s magazine, which blew the ship into two halves which sank separately. Of Invincible‍ ’​s 1,021 crew, there were just six survivors, pulled from the water by attendant destroyers. Hood and his staff were not amongst them.

None of the bodies were recovered and they remain in the wreckage of HMS Invincible at the bottom of the North Sea. The wreck is now a protected War Grave.

Aged 30

Harold Gore-Brown, Asst Paymaster, HMS Invincible, Royal Navy.  Died in the Battle of Jutland, 31 May 1916

Harold Gore-Brown, Asst Paymaster, HMS Invincible, Royal Navy. Died in the Battle of Jutland, 31 May 1916