HMS Invincible
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Oct. 7, 2017

Can anyone help with information on George Holly Cooper? He died on HMS Invincible 31 May 1916. A photograph would be brilliant.

Jeff Price

Aug. 28, 2017

I have just found out that my late husbands great grandfather, John William Bennett, was a stoker on the Invincible in 1916 he died on 31st may 1916, was wondering if there are any photos of him anywhere and where I can get his service records from, his service number is 289078.

Many thanks,
Mrs. Sonia Williams

July 25, 2016

Looking for snaps of my grandfather, Sick Berth George Rossiter Walters. He was on the Invincible sunk in May 31st - Battle of Jutland. My Grandmother was Mary Louise McCracken, they had 3 children - 2 boys one girl, my mother! Any information you could find would be well appreciated. Thanking you!

Best Regards,
Cécilia Gaillard-Nikly-Walters
Lyon, France

May 25, 2016

I am looking for more information about my great uncle Edward Linstead, who was a Stoker 1st Class on board HMS Invincible at the Battle of Jutland. I was amazed at the amount of info and quality on this site. I was wondering if you might have any idea how I would go about finding out what my Grandfather did during WWII. All I know is the he was in some sort of combined services group with the British Navy and another service. Apart from his name and DoB, that's all I have. So far I have not been able to find any further details and not even able to find discharge papers or an enlistment date from the RN. He never spoke about his time in the navy, or come to think of it, the war in general. Any ideas would be gratefully received.

Tony Dalton

May 25, 2016

I am a pupil at the Royal Hospital School. RHS was originally situated at Greenwich Hospital and has many links with the Navy. As part of the century commemorations of the Battle of Jutland, we have been researching some of the old boys who fought in the battle and were killed. There were 101 old boys from Greenwich killed in the Battle. I have been researching someone called Frederick Augustine Creasey who died on the 31st May 1916 when HMS Invincible was sunk at the Battle of Jutland. I have struggled to find out much about his life except when he was born, 16th January 1895, and his parents who were William and Rosa Creasey (maiden name Ellis). What I would really like is to find a photograph of him, which I am yet to find, but I was wondering if you would know if your database had any photos of him. I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks,
Martha  Torrington

Nov. 8, 2014

My great, great uncle able Seaman Thomas Henry Bramwell was killed in action on board HMS Invincible. I have been trying to find a photo of him but so far I've only one across a very grainy photo. Do you know of any other photos of the crew please?

Robert Francis

May 11, 2014

My maternal grandfather - William Coggins - was a stoker aboard at Skaggerak. Below is a grainy picture of William (circled) with his mates aboard. I live in near Taree, NSW, Australia. I was born in Islington in 1937. My mother was Beatrice Coggins daughter of Lucy Coggins - nee Lucas.

Many thanks,
John Salmon

Reply 1
June 1, 2016

My grandfather, Stoker Petty Officer Edmund Child 296171, served on HMS Invincible. I wonder if his name appears on the back of the photo you have of William Coggins?

David Crocker


Aug. 24, 2013

I have just come across this amazing site, and I have so many ships to look up. I have also seen Mike Olive's post re PO James Sansom. My wife's grandfather was PO Stoker William Henry Ball (309984) who also died with the Invincible at Jutland and who is listed on the Southsea Memorial. 

I wonder if he and James Sansom were pals. William left a wife and 2 month old baby son (my father-in-law) whom he never saw. I am attaching a couple of photos, one of William (seated) with a shipmate, also a scan of the letter the widowed Lady Hood sent to the families of all those who died in the ship that day. I wonder if anyone else still has one of these letters, or any photos of the last crew.

Chris Porter

William Henry Ball, late of HMS Invincible.

William Henry Ball (seated) and an unidentified sailor.

The death citation received by the family of William Henry Ball. Note that HMS Dreadnought is written in,
but he had transferred to HMS Invincible.

Letter to the family from Lady Hood.

June 12, 2012

In memory of Warrant Telegraphist Ernest Kemp RN, HMS Invincible, killed in action Jutland, 31 May 1916. His name appears on the RN War Memorial at Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire and on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. He left a wife Nell and son Maurice (my mother's cousin) and was the bother-in-law of my grandmother Harriet Carpenter (nee Sayers). attached

Your sincerely,
Stephen Graham

Photo of Ernest Kemp in civilian dress taken at my grandparents' wedding in 1908.

Apr. 24, 2012

My wife Pat's Grandfather was Petty Officer 1st Stoker James Sansom (176507). He was a crew member of H.M.S. Invincible and was killed at the Battle of Jutland. His body was not recovered and his name is on the R.N. War Memorial at Southsea, Portsmouth Hants. He left a wife Alice Martha and five children, James, George, Alice, Lilian and Rose. Lilian was my wife's mother.

Mike Olive

Apr. 26, 2011

We have had a query asking if Durham Cathedral has the above mentioned bell. We do have the Invincible's ensign hanging in the South Transept next to our DLI Chapel but not the bell; if you know of its whereabouts, we would be most grateful if you'd let us know.

Many thanks,
Marion Whyte
Library Volunteer

HMS Invincible's ensign in Durham Cathedral.
(Photo courtesy of Marion Whyte)
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