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Stoker 1st Class SS/104142 George Henry HUMPHERSON

Royal Navy, aboard HMS Bulwark
Died in an Explosion, River Medway, Sheerness, Kent, 26th November 1914, aged 27

  • Commemorated: Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Portsmouth, Hants. Panel 4
  • Awarded: Not yet established
  • Son of the Thomas and Sarah Humpherson of Hunt Green, Middleton, Staffs
  • NNWFHS Memorial: Nuneaton WW1 Other Regiments

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  • Born 18 Mar 1887 at Middleton, Warks
  • Lived at Middleton [1891]
  • Living aboard ship, HMS Forte, moored in Simons Bay, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa [1911]
  • Employed as Stoker 1st Class in Royal Navy [1911]

    The Sinking of HMS Bulwark

    HMS Bulwark explodes
    A powerful, accidentally caused, internal explosion ripped HMS Bulwark (© Imperial War Museum) apart at 07:50 on 26 November 1914 while she was moored at Number 17 buoy in Kethole Reach, 4 nmi (4.6 mi; 7.4 km) west of Sheerness in the estuary of the River Medway. Out of her complement of 750, no officers and only 14 sailors survived, two of whom subsequently died of their injuries in hospital. Most of the survivors were seriously injured.

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