Frederick Charles Hiscock

Date of birth: 8th August 1894
Place of birth: Bishop’s Waltham
Regiment / Division: Royal Navy
Vessel: HMS Queen Mary
Rank / Service No: Stoker 1st Class, SS/113073
Died: 31st May 1916, aged 32 years
Commemorated: Portsmouth Naval Memorial

 

Frederick was the only child of George and Frances Hiscock (nee Stubbington), who married in Bishop’s Waltham in 1894.

It would appear that the couple had a daughter (Frances) before their marriage, who was born in 1888, although nothing else is known about her.

 

George was born in Wimborne in 1849 and he died in Bishop’s Waltham in 1912.

Frances was born in Upham, near Bishop’s Waltham, and she passed away there in 1923.

 

Frederick married Annie Ellen Deverson in Southampton in 1914; the couple had no children.

 

Annie had been born in Eastry, Kent in 1892. After Frederick’s death, she evidently moved back to Kent, where she married Alec E. Spratling in Faversham in 1918.

Annie passed away in Sittingbourne in 1970.

 

 

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

 

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 29th September 2016
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