Arthur Thomas Gale

Date of birth: 1893
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment / Division: Royal Navy
Vessel: HMS Queen Mary
Rank / Service No: Stoker 1st Class, SS/113066
Died: 31st May 1915, aged 22 years
Commemorated: Portsmouth Naval Memorial

 

Arthur was the fourth of 10 known siblings born to William and Sarah Ann Gale (nee Newman), who married in Southampton in 1886.

It must be assumed that one child died in infancy.

 

The family lived at 93 Bevois Street in Bevois Valley.

 

William was born in Beaminster in 1866, and he died in Southampton in 1918.

Sarah was born in Southampton in 1867 and passed away in the city in 1922.

 

Siblings

Elizabeth Mary A.   b. 1887 Southampton   d. 1971 New Forest   Married Thomas Young in Southampton in 1910.

William George Charles   b. 1888 Southampton   d. 1962 Southampton   Married Doris Atkinson in Southampton in 1930.

Charles Henry   b. 1891 Southampton   d. 1969 Southampton   Married Sarah A. Emerson in Southampton in 1948.

Arthur Thomas

Lily May   b. 13 October 1896 Southampton   d. 1976 Enfield   Married John C. Couzens in Southampton in 1944.

Rosina Harriet   b. 1898 Southampton   d. 1944 Southampton   Married Ernest W. Bennett in Southampton in 1917.

Walter Edwin   b. 1900 Southampton   d. 1979 Southampton   Married Alice Williams in Southampton in 1934.

Albert Edward   b. 1902 Southampton   d. 1970 Basingstoke   Married Daisy I. Watts in Southampton in 1925.

Frederick Ernest   b. 1904 Southampton   d. 1984 Southampton   Married Dorothy A. Martin in Southampton in 1924.

Harry Frank   b. 1906 Southampton   d. 1972 Warminster    Married Annie E. Skates in Southampton in 1931.

 

The Queen Mary was the last battlecruiser built before the outbreak of WW1….she was completed in 1913.

She spent the early part of the war exclusively in the North Sea, as part of the 1st Battlecruiser Squadron.

 

The vessel had a refit in early 1915 and then participated in the Battle of Jutland in mid-1916. She was hit twice by the German battlecruiser Derflinger during the early exchanges of the battle.

 

As a result, her magazines exploded , sinking the ship. 1266 lives were lost, just 20 crew surviving.

The wreck was discovered in 1991 in the North Sea…it is a designated war grave.

 

Portsmouth Naval Memorial was unveiled by the Duke of York (future King George VI) on 15 October 1924. Similar memorials stand at Plymouth and Chatham.

 

The Portsmouth memorial was extended after WW2, and was unveiled by the Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, on 29 April 1953.

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 27th July 2016
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