George Emery

Date of birth: July 1887
Place of birth: Shirley, Southampton
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 2nd
Rank / Service No: Private, 10943
Died: 13th August 1915, aged 28 years
Commemorated: Helles Memorial, Turkey


George was the eighth of 10 siblings born to James and Harriett Emery (nee White), who married in Shirley on 2 May 1873.

It would appear that Harriett had a daughter by someone other than James, because she was born nearly a year before they married and was not called Emery…


Elizabeth White   b. 1872 West End   d. ??   Married Samuel Tiller in Shirley in 1893.


James was born in Redbridge, Southampton in 1853 and he died in the city in 1924.

Harriett was born in Highfield, Southampton in 1849 and she passed away in the city in 1934.


Rose   b. 1875 Shirley   d. 1904 Shirley   Married Samuel Noy in Shirley in 1893.

Bessie   b. 1877 Shirley   d. 1941 Southampton   Married James Albert Hickman in Shirley in 1901.

Alice   b. 1878 Shirley   d. 1946 Southampton   Married Andrew Biddlecombe in Southampton in 1907.

Frederick James   b. 1880 Shirley   d. 1955 New Forest   Married Emily in 1903.

Ernest b. 1882 Shirley   d. 1955 Southampton   Married Lillian Priscilla Green in Shirley in 1902.

Thomas (Tom)   b. 1885 Shirley   d. 1929 Eastleigh   Married Emily Louisa Stevens in Shirley in 1907.


Caroline (Carrie)   b. 1889 Shirley   d. 1967 New Forest   Married Albert Ernest Bone in Southampton in 1909.

Leonard HARRY   b. January 1891   d. 1954 Southampton   Married Beatrice Alice Stride in Shirley in 1914.

Samuel   b. 1893 Shirley   d. 1956 Southampton   Married Dorothy Myra E. Sainsbury in Southampton in 1925.


George was one of 1367 officers and men who embarked on HMT Royal Edward at Avonmouth on 28 July 1915, bound for Gallipoli via Alexandria.

The vessel arrived at Alexandria on 10 August. It then departed, bound for Moudros on the island of Lemnos….this was a staging point for the Dardanelles.

On the morning of 13 August, the Royal Edward passed the British hospital ship Soudan heading in the opposite direction.


Oberleutnant zur See Heino von Heimburg in UB-14 was off the island of Kandeloussa and saw both vessels.

He allowed Soudan to pass unmolested, but launched one of the two torpedoes, from about 1 mile away, at the Royal Edward.


The ship was hit in the stern, and sank within six minutes. The returning Soudan and other vessels managed to rescue 661 men but 935 perished, amongst them George.

The death toll was so high because most of the men were below decks restowing their equipment, having just completed a boat drill.


There were 211 Hampshire Regiment soldiers on board, of which only 29 survived.




Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 15th July 2016


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