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May 30, 2016

I'm writing to you about my great uncle George Jawoka Inkerman Gage who was able seaman on the Queen Mary. He got his name from his grandfather who was in the Crimean war hence the two middle names Jawoka and the Inkerman battle. Is there any chance of obtaining any of his medals?

Kind regards,
George Gage

May 24, 2016

I'm writing from The One Show, we're looking into making a film that is based around the centenary for the Battle of Jutland, but is specifically focused around an investigation carried out recently by archaeologists about the looting of war graves in the North Sea. The evidence from the report specifically points at the looting of the battlecruiser HMS Queen Mary and we are hoping to get in touch with some descendants of sailors who went down with the Queen Mary to get their view on the situation.

Many thanks,
Tom Sowerby
BBC The One Show

May 8, 2015

I like so many others on here am researching my family tree and have just discovered one of my ancestors was a Stoker 1st Class on the HMS Queen Mary. His name was James Goddon, service number K/29883. Any information gratefully received.

Jackie W.

Feb. 5, 2015

I am currently working on my family tree and have discovered that my husbands great grandfather, William Simpson, served as a Stoker 1st Class on the Queen Mary as far as I know he also died when she was sunk 31st May 1916 during Battle of Jutland. Any information/pictures would be much appreciated.

Many thanks, 
Rachel Simpson
Nottinghamshire, UK

June 2, 2014

I to am related to a William Henry Woodyatt who went down with the Queen Mary. I'm just doing my family tree and am finding it hard to see any photos does anyone know how I can get his medals (copy). I live in Melbourne, Australia any info would be gratefully received.

Kind regards,
Marilyn Marsh

May 3, 2014

I am researching a stoker from HMS Queen Mary who died at sea on 31/05/1916 when the ship was sunk, his name was William George Hansford Brown, If any body can point me in the direction of his family tree I would be grateful, as he was just 23 when he passed away I think he may have been a bit young to have a family but anything will help.

Richard Marks
Devon, U.K.

Sept. 18, 2012

I am an amateur naval historian and am looking for the site in Scotland where there is a memorial to those lost on HMS Queen Mary which i believe is next to the only land grave of a member of the crew. Can you help please?

Thank you,
Lee W. Regardsoe

Aug. 23, 2012

I am researching my family tree, and have received a letter from a deceased Aunt. She says John McNichol was serving as a Stoker on the Queen Mary when she was sunk at the Battle of Jutland. Do you have any information about this battle, and is there a memorial to all the lost crew. Hope you can throw some light on this for me.

John Keith Tyreman

Reply 1
Aug. 8, 2014

The reason for my response is that whilst I do not know and have never heard of Mr. Tyreman (and I suspect he has similarly never heard of me) I and my brother and sister are also related to stoker John McNichol. Our mother was Sarah Ellen Dunn (nee McNichol) and we originate from Darlington Co. Durham (though none of us live there any more) My brother, who spent many years in the Merchant Navy, has undertaken some research into the history of the Queen Mary and the battle of Jutland. If Mr. Tyreman still has no information about the battle then I am sure that my brother will be able to point him in the right direction. Thanks for an excellent site.

John Dunn

July 3, 2012

Just found your website tonight whilst looking for information on Queen Mary. My Great Grandfather went down on the Queen Mary at the Battle of Jutland and my aunt his granddaughter was trying to find out some information about him as she knows very little. I have a photograph of him somewhere in his uniform but I can't remember any details such as service number or rank. Unfortunately his medals were stolen many years ago so we can't go back to them either. Is there anywhere to get information regarding him? His name was Robert Gribben and he was from Larne in N. Ireland. As far as I know there were only two men from Larne on the Queen Mary when she sank.

James A. Tyrrell

Reply 1
July 27, 2013

Greenland Cemetery,
In loving memory of Robert Gribben killed in action 31st May 1916,
also his daughter Elizabeth MEWHIRTER who fell asleep 9th February 1938.
And his wife Margaret Gribben died 25th March 1972.
And their son James Hunter Gribben died 16th September 1984,
also his wife Marion died 21st July 1994.

"I to my Father's house return"
Robert Gribben, son of William Gribben, married 1905 in Larne, Margaret HUNTER, dau. of James Hunter. Robert was Roman Catholic, but Margaret and children were Presbyterian. According to a report in the Larne Times of 17 June 1916, Robert was survived by his widow and 5 children residing at 5 Quay Lane, Larne. Known children: Elizabeth McDowell (Lizzie), Jane, James Hunter and Robert McDowell GRIBBEN. Before joining the navy, Robert was employed by Howden Bros. Ltd., as a coal filler at the Bank Quays, Larne.

James McKinty

May 24, 2012

I am undertaking some research into the number of stokers who served on the Battlecruisers in the First World War and comparing those numbers with the total crew numbers. This has come about from me initially researching my great grand father, Dugald Wood, who was lost on HMS Indefatigable at Jutland. I have always known he was a stoker but I was very surprised at the large percentage of stokers who sailed on the Indefatigable (@ 38%) which I have gleaned from the Roll of Honour on your site. I have also had a look at the Queen Mary and her stoker percentage is even higher (@45%) showing just how dependent the Royal Navy was on coal during that period. While looking at the Queen Mary, you have recorded two personnel with an unknown rank. According to the CWGC site, Walter Page was a Chief Stoker and William Passey was an Able Seaman.

Best wishes,
Douglas Wood

Nov. 23, 2011

I just came across your site while looking at the Southsea Portsmouth memorials. My uncle went down with the Queen Mary at Jutland also and I would like to find photos of him if possible. He was William Henry Lewis White, Stoker 1st class , SS/113397, he was 26 yrs. old. I've not been able to find any photos of him in the family at all , so I suppose it's unlikely anyone else will have any, but you never know your luck. Anyway I found your site very interesting indeed.

Best regards,
Alan White

Feb. 18, 2011

My dad's Uncle, Joseph Barnett, was a shipbuilder and helped build the Queen Mary.  He was called up in the Navy Reserves and served as a stoker on that very ship, and died with it.  He must have known other stokers and members of the crew.  If anyone has information or photos they could share, it would be much appreciated, as I have virtually no information about him at all.

Elizabeth Briggs

Aug. 17, 2010

Thomas Duffey, Blacksmith, was on HMS Queen Mary and died at Jutland. I gather that he would have known many of those below decks and in particular the engine room. Thomas was the son of my great grandmother's sister Justine Duffey. The Duffey family lived in St. Peter, Port Guernsay, Channel Islands.  

Trevor N. Moore
Hawera, New Zealand

July 21, 2010

I am also related to a 1st class stoker on board HMS Queen Mary who died at the Battle of Jutland. His name was Albert Tattersall, although in many places is listed as Tattersall and died when he was 34 - I would also be grateful for any photos or information people may have.

Niki Brockwell

Reply 1
June 28, 2017

I came across your H.M.S Queen Mary message board number 11. 21st July 2010, from a Niki Brockwell saying she is related to a stoker class 1 Albert Tattersall. I am wondering if your message board is still in operation or whether you have details of how I can contact Niki Brockwell as I am a direct relative to Albert Tattersall.

John Tattersall

June 21, 2010

My Uncle Bombardier John M. Kenealy was serving with the Royal Marine Artillery aboard HMS Queen Mary and was killed at the Battle of Jutland. I have a photograph of him, a letter sent by him to his sister dated 27th February 1915 from Cape Town. I also have cigarette tin and Christmas cards sent by Queen Mary. Each piece of information found makes me feel as if I knew him.

Marion Bannister

Reply 1
Feb. 14, 2012

Thank you for the information you have posted regarding your uncle John M Kenealy. You must be very proud of him. I can not believe how much he looks like my brother John Edward Kenealy. My grandfather had a photograph that stood on his 'sideboard' and I am certain it was John M Kenealy. The resemblance of the generations is uncanny - they can only be from the same family. My brother is 47 years old and my daughter is 26 - she also resembles John M Kenealy. I will certainly make our family aware of his history and I know we will all be very proud of him.

Kind Regards,
Paula Wignall (nee-Kenealy)

Feb. 9, 2010

My father was on board the Queen Mary during the battle his name was William Baker we believe he was on the front gun. He survived and returned to England with injures to his right leg. I understand that due to his injures he did not return to sea but was given a position within the Admiralty based on shore. The casualty lists show a William Baker as ships boatswain I am not sure whether this maybe my farther or not as I do not have any further information, but if there is anyone who could help I would be grateful to know.

Owen Baker

Oct. 12, 2009

I'm the great niece of an able seaman lost on the Queen Mary May 31, 1916. His name was Sidney William Murrell, he was a stoker. He lived in Deptford and had brothers and sisters. I have the copy of a letter written just a few months before he perished to my grandmother! God bless his soul and all those lost that tragic day!

Melbourne, Australia

Aug. 10, 2009

I am related to a Stoker 1st class who died on the Queen Mary at the Battle of Jutland. He was Matthew Philip Johnson and was a Great Great Uncle. Would be grateful for any photos or further info on the boat that other people may have who were similarly related.

Many thanks,
Phil Johnson

Reply 1
Apr. 26, 2010

I am also looking for information with regards to a Matthew Philip Johnson who was a Stoker 1st Class on the Queen Mary, he is also a great great uncle to me. Would be grateful if you have any info you would like to share.


Reply 2
May 31, 2016

I would like to get in contact with Phil Johnson and Denise who are both trying to research Mathew Philip Johnson who served on HMS Queen Mary. I am also related and Mathew was my great uncle.

Best wishes,
Perry Johnson

July 20, 2009

I am Margaret, a Granddaughter of Chief P.O. Thomas James Trott. He was 'lost at sea' while serving on the H.M.S. QUEEN MARY. He was killed at the Battle of Jutland May 31st 1916. I have most of his medals, and memorabilia. Some of which are a number of postcards that he sent to his wife, also to my Mother Gwendoline and Sister Gertrude who were only 5 yrs and 15 yrs old at the time. Also the letter to my Grandmother informing her of her loss.

I am finding all the information here emotional yet fascinating. It is my first time viewing the site, I am thrilled to have found it. I have just read that Henry Allingham of Brighton, just died at age 113 yrs, being the Worlds oldest man. He too was reported to have fought at that Battle.

My Grandfather was from Southsea, he lived on Esslemont Rd. along with my Grandmother, my Mother and Aunt. I emigrated to Victoria B.C. Canada in 1960, but I have a strong attachment to England and visit there often, always in Gosport and surrounding area.

If there is anyone who happened to know the family, and are maybe related to someone he served with, I would be delighted to hear from them. His name, along with all those who lost their lives, are on the Memorial along Southsea front, also outside the Portsmouth Guildhall.

Many thanks for keeping their memory alive,
Margaret Dyer - (nee Martin)


May 11, 2009

Great photos of HMS QUEEN MARY, these are the best I have come across. My Great Great Uncle James Dennis McCormack J/38818 Boy Telegraphist RN lost his life when she was sunk at the Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916.

Calum Bannatyne

Nov. 21, 2008

I have just read a letter sent by my fathers uncle John W Leonard (known as Jack) an Able Seaman who died on the the Queen Mary. The letter was sent from the Queen Mary to his father, my great grandfather. Thought I would mention it as I found it amazing.

Colin B. Leonard

Nov. 16, 2008

I have looked several times on the web for information regarding HMS Queen Mary battleship and never thought to look at Wikipedia. I was fascinated to find your web-site through them as my uncle, Leonard Leopold Bridge, who was Asst Ship's Steward was lost at sea on her. You may like to know that my grandmother kept all his letters home and they have been passed to me through my late father, who was only 8 years old when Uncle Len died at the age of 19.

I also have his medals and HMS Queen Mary ribbon. He was one of 8 children, somewhere in the middle, about
5th. His short letters are all still folded, some in small envelopes and I plan to resurrect them for posterity. They are mainly comprise of thanking for the cake, informing when he arrived in Portsmouth before being allocated a ship and what he did, thanking grandma for ironing his collars and sending money, etc, and therefore inform on his day-to-day thinking.

He also reminds my father to be a good boy. Another letter is from his former Commander in Portsmouth expressing regret. From a personal viewpoint, you may like to know that although I don't know what he did when he left school (he may have helped my grandfather in his photography business), he did have oil painting lessons with a local artist from Scotch Common, Ealing, although his name is lost to me, and I have 3 of these - although sadly 2 are damaged. Len was often the topic of conversation when I was a child (I was a post-WW2
baby) as 2 of the paintings hung in my aunt's house, and my father had a large painting in the lounge.

I thought you might like to have a personal picture of one of the shipmates, especially as we have just
remembered 90 years from the end of the Great War. If you happen to have more information than is on your web-site in the way of correspondence, I think it would be interesting to have it in my collection. I hope you don't mind that I copied the pictures to My Pictures on my computer - the only one we have is similar to your second picture, and quite dark almost a silhouette, so it was nice to see how it originally looked. Len and his family, from the early C20th, was from Ealing, London (orig. Middlesex) and we all grew up there, although I am now in the Reading area.

By the way, I think I heard at Tuesdays Remembrance Day parade where three veterans of WW1 laid wreaths, that one of them, aged I think, 108 years old, was actually at the Battle of Jutland. It would be interesting to know whether he was one of the few rescued from the HMS Queen Mary. It was disappointing that although have allowed free access to WW1 records, they do not yet have naval seamen's records, although I do have Len's details from the National Archives. Also, the BBC emphasis has been on the army in Flanders and at the Somme (my maternal grandfather was in the Northumberland Fusiliers (mounted) and I don't think the Battle of Jutland other naval battles was mentioned. If a few of these comments are relevant to other readers, please let me know. 

Pamela Pounds (nee Bridge)
Woodley, Reading , Berkshire

Jan. 15, 2008

My Uncle George Fewell, I have been told, was a serving member of the Queen Mary which was sunk at The Battle of Jutland. Is there anyway I can find out the names of the nine surviving members of the crew.

Yours truly,
A. C. Faupel

Nov. 11, 2007

Wow, I am so pleased to see the picture of the launching of the Queen Mary in 1912. I have been looking for some time now, but haven't managed to find very much in the way of pictures, except there is another site that
shows the chapel and some crew members.

My grandfather was a 1st Class Stoker on the Queen Mary, and I have been unable to find any photos from family members. So the picture of the launching and the one actually showing gun turrets are absolutely amazing. Thank you for the interest you show to do this web site. Hopefully others will see it and search those attics and trunks for further pictures and names to add to your site. Good Luck and thank you.

Rosemary Folco
Canada (former Liverpudlian)
P.S. do you happen to know where the "Queen" was in the turret photo?

Reply 1:
Jan. 20, 2008

My grandfather also died on Queen Mary at Jutland but I have no photographs. He was a Chief Stoker so would certainly have known your grandfather.

Derek Sibley

Reply 2:
May 9, 2008

I am so sorry, I have only just seen your message in regard to your Grandfather and The "Queen". Wonderful to know that he probably knew my grandfather. Where was your grandfather from? Mine came from Liverpool! Speaking with someone that had a rellie on board makes your own rellie appear human, if you know what I mean. If I find anything I will be sure to let you know.

Happy researching,
Rosemry Folco

Reply 3
Nov. 13, 2011

My Great Grandad - Peter Fitzpatrick was also a Stoker on the HMS Queen Mary, he too was from Liverpool. He was born I believe in St. Helens before moving to Toxteth in 1905 (although he may well have been born in Ireland). I have absolutely no doubt that your grandad and my great grandad will have worked with each other and being from the same part of the country, no doubt maybe even shared shore leave. I am so delighted and fascinated to learn more and more, do you have any more information.

Best wishes,
Chris Williams

Reply 4
Aug. 22, 2012

Great to hear all your replies; my great uncle James Barrett died on the Queen Mary and was a 1st Class Stoker also from Liverpool he was from the Dingle near Toxteth, so again akin to your conversations I'm sure they would have had a connection on board.

Thanks so much,
Daniel Harper

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