Albert Edward Bayley

Date of birth: 21 August 1892
Place of birth: Portsmouth
Service No.:  SS/3556
Rank: Able Seaman
Battalion: Royal Navy
Vessel: HMS Cressy
Died: 22 September 1914, aged 22 years
Commemorated: Chatham Naval Memorial

 

Life before the War
Albert was the second of 5 siblings who lived with Henry John Guyton, who was born in Great Yarmouth in 1867.

He firstly married Elizabeth Frances Howe, in Portsmouth, in 1888.  She was born in 1863 and gave birth to 2 children when married to Henry:

  1. Ethel Florence b. 1891 Portsmouth d. 1971 Dudley.  Married Thomas G. Hayward in Southampton in 1911.
  2. Bertie Edgar b. 1893 Portsmouth d. 1969 Gosport.  Married Georgina K. McFarlane in Portsmouth in 1917.  Married Amy A. Howe in Portsmouth in 1928.

Sadly Elizabeth died in Portsmouth in 1899.

Henry then married Martha Matilda Bayley in Portsmouth in 1899. Martha was born in Yarmouth on The Isle of Wight in 1865, and she already had a son, namely Albert.

Martha also gave birth to 2 children when married to Henry:

  1. Henry John b. 1902 Southampton d. 1989 Southampton.  Married Irene M. Harris in Southampton in 1924.
  2. Edith Matilda b. 1905 Southampton d. 1907 Southampton

Martha died in Romsey in 1940 with Henry passing away in Dudley in 1952.

 

War Service
HMS Cressy was built at Govan in 1899 and launched complete in 1901.

An armoured cruiser, she spent time in China and the West Indies before being placed on reserve in 1909.  Recommissioned at the start of WW1 she played a minor role in the Battle of Heligoland Bight a few weeks into the war, as part of her role in patrolling the North Sea.

On the morning of 22 September 1914, HMS Cressy and her 2 sister ships (Aboukir & Hogue) were on patrol without any destroyer escort, because of bad weather.  All vessels had lookouts posted, as well as one gun manned on each side.  U-9, commanded by Kapitanleutnant Otto Weddigen, happened upon the 3 cruisers by accident; they had been looking for targets around Ostend but had to submerge to keep out of the storm.  HMS Aboukir & Hogue were torpedoed at 06.20 and 06.50 respectively.

HMS Cressy attempted to ram U-9 but failed, and started to try and pick up survivors from the other 2 cruisers.  HMS Cressy was hit by U-9’s last torpedo at 07.20 and sank at 07.55.

From all 3 vessels 1459 men were lost, 560 of them from HMS Cressy; 837 men were rescued.

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 25/07/2015
Updated:

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