|Date of birth:||1890|
|Place of birth:||Southampton|
|Died:||31 May 1916, aged 26 years|
|Commemorated:||IPortsmouth Naval Memorial|
Life before the War
Edward was the eldest of 8 siblings born to Albert and Tilly Anne Beavis (nee Colleypriest). Albert was born in Copythorne, nr Ower, in 1863 and Tilly was born in Yarmouth I.o.W in the same year. They married in the New Forest in 1889 and were evidently living in Southampton by 1903. Tilly died in Southampton in 1931 with Albert passing away in the city in 1949.
Edward married Florence Anteney in Southampton in 1913. She was born in 1891 in Shirley and the couple lived with her parents at 5 Oxford Street, Shirley. Tragically, Florence passed away in the city only a year after her husband perished.
The siblings were:
- Albert Edward
- Charlotte b. 1891 Copythorne d. 1891 Copythorne
- Edith Maud b. 1892 Copythorne d. 1969 Southampton
- Kate May b. 1893 Copythorne d. 1893 Copythorne
- Catherine Dora b. 1894 Copythorne d. 1992 Southampton. Married Henry G. Gerred in Southampton in 1924.
- Amy Eliza b. 1896 Copythorne d. 1982 Worthing. Married Henry J. Hibberd in Southampton in 1923.
- Frank George b. 1897 Copythorne d. 1979 Rugby. Married Marjorie Rowe in Rugby in 1940.
- Harry Ernest b. 19 November 1903 Southampton d. Dec 1981 New York. Married Ellen Plumbly in Southampton in 1921 and then married Elanor R. Cannon in the city in 1924.
The Invincible was the first battle cruiser to be built anywhere in the world, and was launched on Tyneside in 1907. She participated in the Battle of Heligoland Bight, on 28 August 1914, but only in a minor role because she was the slowest of the British battle cruisers present.
During the Battle of the Falkland Islands on 8 December 1914, Invincible and her sister ship Inflexible sank the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau armoured cruisers. Invincible was the flagship of the 3rd Battlecruiser Squadron at the Battle of Jutland (31.5.16 – 1.6.16).
Unfortunately she was destroyed by a magazine explosion on the first day, after her “Q” turret was penetrated; the ship was blown in half. 1026 men lost their lives, with only 6 survivors. One of the six was a Gunner actually sat in the Q turret when it was hit, he was somehow blown clear.
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