Frederick Arthur Clitheroe

Date of birth: 27th January 1896
Place of birth: Farnham
Regiment / Division: Royal Navy
Vessel: HMS Invincible
Rank / Service No: Stoker 1st Class, SS/115500
Died: 31st May 1916, aged 20 years
Commemorated: Portsmouth Naval Memorial



Frederick was the oldest of 5 siblings born to James Clift and Eliza Towler. Despite the 1911 Census return stating that they had been married for 18 years, records show that they did not marry until 1918 !!

James was born in Chorley, Lancashire in 1868 and he died in Southampton in 1939.

Eliza was also born in 1868, in Dereham, Norfolk. She passed away in the city in 1936.


Census returns show the family living at 10 Briton Street and at 5 St George’s Place, Lower Back Walls.


Unfortunately, none of their 5 children survived passed 1916.



Frederick Arthur 

James Maurice Victor   b. 1896 Farnham   d. 1896 Farnham

William Edgar   b. 1898 Wandsworth   d. 1898 Wandsworth

Sidney Harold   b. 1899 Wandsworth   d. 1899 Wandsworth

Winifred MAUD   b. 1906 Lambeth   d. 1914 Southampton


The Invincible was the first battlecruiser to be built anywhere in the world, and was launched on Tyneside in 1907.

She participated in the Battle of Heligoland Bight, on 28 August 1914, but only in a minor role because she was the slowest of the British battlecruisers present.

During the Battle of the Falkland Islands on 8 December 1914, Invincible and her sister ship Inflexible sank the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau armoured cruisers.


Invincible was the flagship of the 3rd Battlecruiser Squadron at the Battle of Jutland (31.5.16 – 1.6.16). Unfortunately she was destroyed by a magazine explosion on the first day, after her “Q” turret was penetrated…the ship was blown in half.


1026 men lost their lives, with only 6 survivors. One of the six was a Gunner actually sat in the Q turret when it was hit, he was somehow blown clear.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 23rd June 2016


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