|Date of birth:||1895|
|Place of birth:||Southampton|
|Regiment / Division:||Hampshire|
|Died:||13th August 1915 aged 20 years|
|Death location:||At sea|
Life before the War
Harold was the third of six siblings born to Harry Edward and Jemima, nee Freemantle.
At the 1901 census the family was living at 3 Albert Street, St. Mary’s, Southampton. Harry was a butcher by trade and he and Jemima married in 1888 in Southampton.
By the 1911 census the family had moved to number 10 in the same street.
Harry died relatively young in 1924. Jemima stayed in Southampton and died in 1952.
Harold’s 5 siblings were:
Ethel Mary b.1889 and d.1968 in Droxford. Never married.
Arthur Harry b.1893 and d. 1916 in Southampton.
Albert Reginald b. 18.7.1898 and d. 1971 in Winchester. Married Hilda Rose Barratt in 1924.
Doris Eva b. 1903 and d. 1936 in Southampton
Ivy Lily b. 1906 and d. 1990 in Warwickshire. Married Alfred E. Ray in 1924.
Harold was one of 1367 officers and men who embarked on HMT Royal Edward at Avonmouth on 29 March 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 which 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 Harold.
The death toll was so high because most of the men were below decks restowing their equipment, having just completed a boat drill.
Harold is remembered on the Helles Memorial in Turkey, stone no. 225.
On a slightly happier note, Harold did have a “famous” uncle.
Harold’s father, Harry, had a brother (amongst 11 siblings) called Albert James Dore (b. 1889 on the Isle of Wight). Albert signed on to the Titanic on 6 April 1912, having previously worked on the sister ship Olympic, as a Trimmer. This involved working inside the enormous coal bunkers, feeding coal down chutes to the stokers and ensuring that the bunkers’ contents were kept level.
Albert was one of the lucky 705 survivors of the tragedy, very few crew survived who worked below decks. It is not known which lifeboat Albert was in when the Carpathia rescued the survivors, and he was never called before either Board of Enquiry to give evidence. He married Ada Finetta Godden in 1919; they had 2 children and Albert died in 1953, aged 64 years.
|Published.:||17th October 2014|
|Updated:||Insert dates here|
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