Frederick John Andrews

Date of birth: 17th February 1887
Place of birth: Sholing, Southampton
Regiment / Division: Royal Navy
Vessel: HMS Good Hope
Rank / Service No: Stoker 1st Class, SS/1023
Died: 1st November 1914, aged 27 years
Commemorated: Portsmouth Naval Memorial

 

Frederick was the third of 10 known siblings born to Edward and Ellen Andrews (nee Phillips), who married in Southampton on 22 November 1879.

The couple are known to have had 11 children so it must be assumed that one died in infancy.

 

Edward had a daughter with an unknown mother prior to marrying Ellen…….

Elizabeth Jane was born in Sholing in 1872; she was working as a Cook in the Jones household in Millbrook at the 1891 Census.

She passed away in Southampton in 1927.

 

Edward, a merchant seaman, was born in Sholing in 1855 and he died there in 1932.

 

Ellen was born in Itchen in 1860 and she passed away in Sholing in 1922.

 

Siblings 

Richard EDWARD   b. 9 November 1881 Sholing   d. 1945 Southampton   Married Ethel Fanny Shelley in Southampton in 1909.

Robert William   b. 25 January 1882 Sholing   d. 1945 Southampton   Married Ada Short in Southampton in 1913.

Frederick John

Elizabeth Mary   b. 1888 Sholing   d. ??   Married in 1910….

Thomas Henry   b. March 1890 Sholing   d. ?? 

Muriel Harriet   b. 1893 Sholing   d. ??

Flora   b. 19 October 1895 Sholing   d. 1971 Southampton. A spinster…

Clara Dorothy   b. 1898 Sholing   d. 1951 Southampton   Married Herbert H. Houghton in Southampton in 1927.

Frederick Albert   b. 27 February 1901 Sholing   d. 1961 Southampton   Married Dorothy A. J. Gray in Southampton in 1922.

Wilfred   b. 23 January 1904 Sholing   d. 1962 Southampton  Living with Flora at 26 St. Monica Road, Sholing in 1939.

 

HMS Good Hope was one of four Drake-class armoured cruisers built for the Royal Navy around 1900.

Originally called Africa, she was launched from Govan on 21 December 1901.

 

When war broke out, Good Hope was on reserve but she was recommissioned in mid-1914.

She was sent to reinforce the 4th Cruiser Squadron and the squadron was moved to the coast of South America to look for German commerce raiders (armed vessels disguised as merchant ships).

 

The squadron was then ordered to the Straits of Magellan, to block any attempt of the German East Asia Squadron to penetrate into the South Atlantic.

 

The Allied squadron found the German squadron off the coast of Chile on 1 November 1914, and so began the Battle of Coronel.

The Germans outnumbered the British and were individually more powerful. At 19.00, Good Hope was fired upon by the Scharnhorst and she was soon on fire.

 

Rear Admiral Christopher Cradock, on board Good Hope, ordered her to close on the Scharnhorst to allow Good Hope to fire her much lower-powered guns.

 

As this action took place, the other German cruisers all fired on Good Hope and she sank at approximately 20.00

 

All 919 crew were lost.

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 18th November 2016
Updated:

 

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