JAQUES, Henry Purcell


Rank: Petty Officer First Class

Year of death: 1915

Date of birth: 1884

Date of death: 1/1/1915

Place of death: Died at sea

Service number: 203908

Regiment: Royal Navy Ships HMS Formidable


Cemetery location: Section E

Where remembered?: Chatham Naval Memorial

Biographical Information

Henry was born in Scarborough, son of fish salesman George and Mary. He joined the navy as a boy 2nd class on a wage of 6d per day and rose through the ranks to petty officer 1st class by 7/3/1911. In the 1911 census he was on board the ship “Newcastle” in Hong Kong. He was described as 5′ 4″ tall, with brown hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion. Henry joined the Formidable on 14/1/1914. The battleship was mined or torpedoed and sunk with the loss of around 150 lives. His body was never found.

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