Albert Ernest William Carroll

Date of birth: 1891
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment / Division: Mercantile Marine
Vessel: HMS Avoca
Rank / Service No: Fireman, 525049
Died: 20th November 1918, aged 27 years
Commemorated: Plymouth Naval Memorial


Albert was the third of 5 siblings born to Frederick Charles and Caroline Maria Carroll (nee Coombs), who married in Southampton in 1887.

It is worth pointing out that the 1911 Census return states 4 siblings.


Frederick was born on 22 March 1865 in Southampton and he died in the city in 1926.

Caroline was born in Northam in 1868 and passed away in Winchester in 1938.

All the male members of the family were Merchant Seamen and the family lived at 275 Millbrook Road.


Albert married Alice Emma Croll in Southampton in 1915. Alice was born in Southampton in 1894 and she passed away in the city in 1977.

They had 1 daughter (Caroline A.) who, most unfortunately, died within her first year of life



Minnie Caroline   b. 1888 Feltham   d. 1938 Southampton   Married Bertie J. Simmons  in Southampton in 1910.

Frederick James Alan   b. 1889 Southampton   d. 15 December 1950 Southampton   Married Alice Mary Cook in Southampton in 1911.

Albert Ernest William 

Charles Edward   b. 12 June 1895 Southampton   d. 1976 New Forest   Married Alice E. Carroll (!!) in Southampton in 1921.

Nellie Maud   b. 1907 Southampton   d. 1910 Southampton


The vessel was originally named Avon when built in 1907. She was requisitioned in 1914 as a troopship.

In 1915, her name was changed to Avoca when she became an Armed Merchant Cruiser.

After the war, she reverted to Avon and was scrapped in 1930.


Albert died at 10.00 a.m of pneumonia, following a bout of Spanish influenza.

Avoca was on a trip from New York to Liverpool at the time, and his body was “committed to the deep” at 16.25.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 23rd June 2016


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