Bertie Ebling

Date of birth: 3rd February 1892
Place of birth: Peterborough
Regiment / Division: Royal Navy
Vessel: HMS Ghurka
Rank / Service No: Engine Room Artificer (4th Cl.), M/5739
Died: 8th February 1917, aged 25 years
Commemorated: Portsmouth Naval Memorial


Bertie was the fourth of 7 siblings born to Thomas and Elvina Ebling (nee Lewsley), who married in Spalding in 1884.

Elvina was born in Lincolnshire in 1857 and she passed away in Birkenhead in 1934.

Thomas was a Railway Loco driver and was also born in Lincolnshire, in 1861. He died on 12 March 1941, in King’s Lynn.


Thomas left £956 2s 9d to two of his children, Walter and Kate.



Walter   b. 1885 Peterborough   d. 1963 North Walsham   Married Grace M. Teed in King’s Lynn in 1929.

Sydney   b. 1887 Peterborough   d. 1905 King’s Lynn

Kate Elvina   b. 1891 Peterborough   d. 1993 North Walsham   An incredible 102 years old !! Married Albert G. Errington in King’s Lynn in 1915. Married Ernest J. Haywood in Wallasey in 1956 !


Annie   b. 1893 Peterborough   d. 1983 North Walsham

Frank   b. 1896 King’s Lynn   d. 1982 North Walsham   Married Emma Cletheroe in Norwich in 1921.

John   b. 1898 King’s Lynn   d. 1976 Birkenhead   Married Sarah A. Flinn in Birkenhead in 1935. Married Elsie Jones in Wallasey in 1953.


Bertie married Alice Morgan in Walsingham in 1916, and it must be assumed that they moved to Southampton soon after.

Records show that hey lived at 14 Malmesbury Road, Shirley although Alice was living in Copnor at the time of Bertie’s death.


Alice was born in Norfolk in 1892; she married John Neale in Southampton after Bertie’s passing, in 1920, and she passed away in the city in 1966.


Ghurka was a Tribal-class destroyer, launched from Newcastle on 29 April 1907.

She was part of the Dover Patrol and played a part in the sinking of U-8 on 4 March 1915 in the Channel.


On 8 February 1917, Ghurka hit a mine off Dungeness; only 5 crew survived, with 74 perishing.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 14th July 2016


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