Family History Monthly

September 2009

Chatham, Plymouth and Portsmouth Memorial Registers 1914-1921

£17.45 (plus £2.50 p&p) from S&N Genealogy Supplies, West Wing, Manor Farm, Chilmark, Salisbury, SP3 5AF. Tel: 01722 716121, Web:

Originally published in 1924 by the then Imperial War Graves Commission, this book details the memorials that commemorate the 25,563 naval ranks who were lost or buried at sea during the Great War. This represents just over half of the naval dead in the War: the rest died on land and are commemorated in the various WWI cemetaries.

The biographical detail varies significantly, but a typical example is that for Ernest Greenwood K29294, who served on HMS Tipperary. Killed in action at the Battle of Jutland on 1st June 1916, aged 21, he was the son of John Henry and Jane Greenwood of Leeds, and lived with his wife Beatrice Greenwood at 69 York Road, Leeds. Ernest is on the Plymouth memorial, commemorated on panel 18.

A splendid resource for those family historians who wish to research their ancestors' naval careers further.

Review by Paul Gaskell

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