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SS/116950 ROBERT FORD, STOKER 1ST.CLASS, ROYAL NAVY : KILLED IN ACTION IN HMS. 'QUEEN MARY' AT JUTLAND :

1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal 1914-19 (SS.116950 Sto.1 RN.) : (ROBERT FORD - Born 7 March 1895 at Long Fell, Gateshead, County Durham : The 1901 Census records him as a six year old living at 5 Kings Buildings, Gateshead with his father James, a coal miner, his mother Jane, two brothers and three sisters : His occupation was shown as a railway carriage cleaner when he joined the Royal Navy as a Stoker Class 2 at HMS.'Victory' on 18 March 1915 : Transferred to HMS.'Queen Mary' from 18 July 1915 and advanced to Stoker Class 1 on 9 December of that year : He was still serving in HMS.'Queen Mary' when the ship went into action at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916 : During the battle 'Queen Mary' was hit at least twice by shells fired from the German Battle Cruiser 'Derfflinger', which entered the forward magazine, causing a devastating explosion which broke the ship in two : 'Queen Mary' sank with the loss of over twelve hundred men, only eighteen survivors were pulled from the sea : The recipient was among those killed, he has no known grave and is commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial : He was just 21 years of age at the date of his death : His medals were claimed by a sister.) : Sold with verification; copy Service Record; copy CWGC. information; a copy of a small photograph of the recipient in uniform, taken from the Gateshead Roll of Honour 1914-1920; related research : Original silk ribbons NEF - £595