Place of Birth Southampton.
Date of Birth 10th July 1894.
Service Number K.20006PO.
Rank Stoker 1st class.
Service Royal Navy.
Died 31st May 1916.
Death Location. Off the Danish Coast.
Family Life Before The War.
Charles Henry George was born on 10th July 1894 to Charles and Louisa in Southampton. He worked as an ironmongers errand boy.
He had 2 brothers Archibald Herbert 1896 who worked as grocers’ lad, he died in June 1976 in Southampton and Percy Frank born April 1898 in Southampton, he died in 1962 in Southampton he also had 1 sister Alice Louisa born in September 1901, they also had one sibling who died.
His father Charles was born in April 1870 in Pilley near Lymington Hampshire and worked as a builders labourer,his mother was Louisa Caroline (Whitear) she was also born in 1871 in Pilley, Hampshire, they were married in St. James’s . Southampton. Hampshire on 10th June 1893.
The family lived at Ivy Cottage, Norham Avenue,Shirley, Southampton.
His grandparents were Henry Street born 1st February 1835 and Emma (Gates) born in 1845 in Pilley. Lymington.Hampshire, they were married in Boldre Hampshire on 16th October 1865. They lived at 44 Pilley Boldre. Lymington Hampshire.
Henry worked as an agricultural labourer and domestic gardner. They had 9 children :- Charles (Charles Henrys father) he worked as a bricklayer, William (1873) an agricultural labourer, Frederick G (1875) errand boy, Fanny M (1875) a domestic, Mary E ((1880) Annie E (1881) Martha E (1883). Walter J (1885) Thomas A (1887). The family lived at 187 Lion Street. Millbrook. Southampton.
Charles joined the Royal Navy and served on HMS Invincible as a stoker 1st class, he saw service at the Battle of Heligoland Bight and also the Battle of Jutland where he met his death on 31st May 1916, he was just 21 years of age.
HMS Invincible was a battlecruiser of the British Royal Navy, she was the flag ship of her class of three in the Battle of Jutland.
She also took part in the Battle of Heligoland Bight in a minor role (she was the oldest and slowest of the British battlecruisers present), and in the Battle of the Falkland Islands being involved with the sinking of the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau.
The Battle of Jutland took place just before 4 o’clock on the afternoon of May 31st 1916.
A British Naval force commanded by Vice Admiral David Beatty came up against a fleet of German ships, led by Admiral Franz von Hipper, 75 miles from the Danish coast. The Two squadrons of ships opened fire on each other simultaneously which began the opening phase of the greatest naval battle of World War 1 – The Battle of Jutland. The battle actually ended any threat which may have arisen from the High Seas Fleet.
Of the crew of 1032 only 6 men survived the sinking which was one of the worst losses in Royal Navy History
Charles is also remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial panel 19.