Albert Guy

Date of birth: 28th February 1876
Place of birth: Lyndhurst
Regiment: Royal Marines Light Infantry
Vessel: HMS Viknor
Rank / Service No: Private, PO/8245
Died: 13th January 1915, aged 38 years
Commemorated: Portsmouth Naval Memorial


Albert was the second of 4 siblings born to Frank and Annie Guy (nee Howells), who married in Southampton in 1871.


Frank was born on the Isle of Wight in 1849 and Annie in Lyndhurst in 1851.



Frederick Frank   b. 8 March 1872 Lyndhurst   d. 1956 New Forest


George  b. November 1878 Lyndhurst   d. ??   George was obviously a handful in his youth, because he found himself at the Hampshire Reformatory for Boys in Netley Marsh in the early 1890’s.

The school had opened in May 1855 and was formally certified on 29 November to accommodate boys aged 12 to 15, committed by magistrates to a period of detention.

As time went on, the school provided industrial training in the form of farming and land management, plus they made their own clothing and footwear.

Because of these skills, it was said that former pupils made good soldiers, and did well in the colonies.

Due to a fall in the numbers being committed to the school, it finally shut its doors in September 1908.

There is a possibility that George died in Cairo in 1901.


Walter   b. 15 December 1880 Millbrook   d. 1935 Southampton.


Albert married Rosina Dewsall in Shirley in 1908; records suggest they had no children.

Rosina was born in Lambeth in 1883, and she passed away in Southampton in 1968.



Viknor was originally built in 1888 in Glasgow, as the passenger ship S/S Atrato.

In 1912 she was renamed Viking and in 1914, when she became an Armed Merchant Cruiser, HMS Viknor.


She was transferring some high-profile German prisoners from Kirkwall to Liverpool when she sank in heavy weather off the Irish coast.

No distress call was sent, and none of the 295 crew and passengers survived.


It was assumed she had hit one of some recently-laid mines.


Many of the bodies were washed ashore days after the sinking.




Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 5th August 2016


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