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CASUALTIES OF THE SINKING OF HMS FISGARD II IN 1914

(formerly HMS INVINCIBLE)

 

Keeping track of Royal Navy ships is not easy as, frequently, their names have been changed while the actual vessel is still afloat.

 

The HMS Invincible which was in Malta in 1881 was launched in May 1869. In 1901, her engines were removed and she was anchored in the harbour at Sheernessfor use as a supply depot. In 1904, she was renamed HMS Erebus.  In 1906, the Admiralty published a new Naval Programme which included the construction of a new class of vessels to be known as "Invincible Class battlecruisers". The first of such vessels to be launched in April 1907 was named HMS Invincible - this being the vessel of that name lost at the Battle of Jutland in 1916. In preparation for the 1907 launch, the old depot ship (formerly Invincible then Erebus) was once again renamed - this time as HMS Fisgard II.

 

HMS Fisgard II, whose engines had been removed, was being moved under tow  to be used as an accommodation vessel when disaster struck and she foundered off Portland on 17 September 1914. At the time, she had a crew of 64. Various totals can be found for the casualties;  the list below names 17 men - 9 civilians, 1 civilian who was a former RN Stoker, 1 serving RN sailor, 2 pensioner RN sailors, 1 Mercantile Marine and 3 men from the Royal Naval Reserve.

 

F. ABRAHAM
Frederick William - skilled labourer at HM Dockyard, Portsmouth.  Son of Frederick and Caroline Abraham, of Commercial Rd., Portsmouth. Died on HMS Fisgard II on 17 September 1914 aged 38.
J. BARKER, 

John Fentonby Barker - civilian fitter at HM Dockyard, Portsmouth. Died on HMS Fisgard II on 17 September 1914.

J. BEAR
119092 Petty Officer James Henry Bear, (pensioner) of the Royal Navy. Born at Rogate, Sussex 29 January 1867. Died on HMS Fisgard II on 17 September 1914 aged 47.
W. COBB
136664 Chief Petty Officer Walter Cobb (pensioner) of the Royal Navy - Petty Officer in command.. Husband of E. A. Cobb, of 7, Abinger Rd., Clarence Park, Bournemouth. Born at Holdenhurst, Southampton, 15 April 1870.  Died on HMS Fisgard II on 17 September 1914 aged 44. Held Long Service and Good Conduct Medals.
P. CORFIELD
Percy John Corfield - civilian labourer at HM Dockyard. Portsmouth. Son of George Frederick and Eliza Jane Corfield, of 103, Malins Rd, Landport, Portsmouth. Born at Portsea in the December Quarter of 1888. Died on HMS Fisgard II on 17 September 1914 aged 25.
J. DAVIES
James Frederick Davies -  civilian shipwright at HM Dockyard, Portsmouth. Born in Portsea in the September Quarter of 1889.  Died on HMS Fisgard II on 17 September 1914 aged 24.
F. EARLE
Frederick William Earle - civilian skilled labourer at HM Dockyard, Portsmouth. Husband of Phillippa Cortis Earle (néeTremayne) of 37, Jessie Rd., Southsea. Born in Portsea in the June Quarter of 1872. Died on HMS Fisgard II on 17 September 1914 aged 42.
G. EDWARDS
George Rogers Edwards - civilian hammerman at HM Dockyard, Portsmouth. Husband of May Emma Jane Edwards (née Tribe) of 51, Joseph St., Stoke Rd., Gosport. Born in Alverstoke, Hants, in the March Quarter of 1873. Died on HMS Fisgard II on 17 September 1914 aged 41.
 A. FOOKS
M/4705 Cook's Mate Arthur William Fooks of the Royal Navy, HMS Fisgard II. Born in Harwich, Essex   2 May 1892. Died on HMS Fisgard II on 17 September 1914 aged 22.
E. FRAMPTON,
Ernest John Frampton - , civilian Dockyard labourer. Son of Frederick Frampton, of 5, Owen St., Eastney, Portsmouth. Born in Portsea in the June Quarter of 1881.  Died on HMS Fisgard II on 17 September 1914 aged 33.
H. GREEN
Henry Green of the Mercantile Marine - hired as a labourer. Died on HMS Fisgard II on 17 September 1914.
 D. MacLEOD
4503/A Seaman Donald MacCleod of the Royal Naval Reserve. Son of Kenneth and Annie Macleod, of 7, Lionel Ness, Stornoway. Died on HMS Fisgard II on 17 September 1914 aged 23.
J. MacRITCHIE
5303/A Seaman John MacRitchie of the Royal Naval Reserve.  Died on HMS Fisgard II on 17 September 1914.
E. MARETT
Formerly 300450 Stoker Edward Clarence Marett, RN -  civilian labourer at HM Dockyard, Portsmouth. Son of Edward Clarence Marett, of Jersey; husband of Ethel Daisy Marett (née Keat) of 58, Union St., Portsea, Portsmouth.  Born in the Channel Islands at St. Helier 25 December 1883. Died on HMS Fisgard II on 17 September 1914 aged 30.
A. REYNOLDS
Alfred Reynolds -  skilled labourer at HM Dockyard, Portsmouth. Died on HMS Fisgard II on 17 September 1914.
H. SMITH
Henry Smith - civilian blacksmith at HM Dockyard, Portsmouth. Died on HMS Fisgard II on 17 September 1914.
 T. WOODSIDE

3681C Seaman Thomas Woodside of the Royal Naval Reserve. Died on HMS Fisgard II on 17 September 1914.

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