Edwin Alexander Glasspool

Date of birth: 1898
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: Not known
Rank: Baker
Vessel: HMHS Asturias
Battalion: Mercantile Marine
Died: 1917 aged 18 or 19 years
Death location: English Channel


Life Before The War
Edwin was born in 1898 in Southampton, his parents were Edwin and Barbara.  Edwin was born in 1879 in Southampton and died in 1963.  Barbara, nee Othen was born in 1879 in Southampton.  They were married in 1898 and at the time lived at 83 Bedford Place, Southampton.

Edwin had 3 sisters and 1 brother:

Elisabeth   b.1888

Henry   b.1900

Mabel   b.1904 and d.1998

Mary   b.1906 and d.1954

In the census of 1901 Edwin’s parents together with Lizzie and Henry were living at 9 Exmouth Street, St.Marys, Southampton. his father was a lamplighter.

In 1911 his father along with Elizabeth, Walter, Mabel and Mary were living at 7 Lower Bannister Street, Southampton, his father was a widower.

Edwin’s father remarried Ann Cotton Tonkin in 1917 they had 3 sons Oliver b1926 – d1998, Peter b1930 -2001 and Edward b1918 – d2001.


War Service
Edwin died on 21st March 1917, he was awarded the Mercantile Marine Medal.

HMHS Asturias was built in 1907 as a cruise ship on the Southampton to Buenos Aires run.  When war broke out she was requisitioned by the Admiralty, converted and operated  as hospital ship and made regular crossings to France.  She also served in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Dardanelles Campaign returning wounded back to the United Kingdom.  In March 1917 after landing her wounded back to Avonmouth she was attacked by a German submarine and struck by a torpedo which blew off her stern killing 35 of her crew.  She was declared a total loss, her hull was put to use as a floating ammunition store at Plymouth for the rest of the war.  Remarkably her hulk was repurchased by the Royal Mail Line in 1920 and rebuilt as a cruise liner, she was renamed Arcadian and operated on cruising in the Mediterranean and West Indies until 1930 and was finally scrapped in 1933.

15 of her crew are buried in Southampton.   Edwin was buried on 29th March in Southampton Old Cemetery, plot E189.83.  Also buried here is his sister Mary Glasspool.

Edwin is also remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial, London, which commemorates
almost 12,000 men and women of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets who died
in both World Wars and who have no known grave.  As with Southampton’s Cenotaph,
the WWI section of the Tower Hill Memorial was also designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.   If you have any additional information about the person named above please complete the Comments section below.



Researcher: Shaun Connolly
Published: May 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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