Date Birth 31st October 1877
Place of Birth Southampton
Date of Marriage January 1902
Place of Marriage Southampton
Service Number 281781
Rank Leading Stoker
Service Royal Navy
Ship H.M.S. Mars / Edgar and Monotor (M15)
Died 11 November 1917.
Death Location Gaza.
Family Life Before The War
Henry was born in 1877 to George and Eliza.
He had 4 brothers: George (1862) a dock labourer, John (1864) a bricklayers labourer, Ernest(1872-1948) and Fred (1885-1945).
He also had 7 sisters: Annie Eva(1868-1913), Maud (1870-1963), Bessie (1872), Olive (1875), Eliza(1879), Rosina (1880 – not in the photograph) and Alice. The family were living at 2 St Georges Street, St Mary,s Southampton.
His father George was born in Southampton on 1st May 1839 and married Eliza Ann Richards (born in 1843 in Salisbury Wiltshire) on 25th December 1860.
From 1861 – 1865 George was working as a dairy man and he was registered at 4 Fox Buildings, St Marys Street, Southampton. Eliza was registered at 9 Longcroft Street, Kingsland, Southampton.
In 1867 Eliza was registered at 8 Longcross Street as a “dairy man” and George was registered at 22 John Street, Kingsland, Southampton also as a dairyman. In 1869 only George was a dairyman and registered at 9 Winchester Street, Kingsland, Southampton.
In 1871 they were living at 9 Manchester Buildings. In 1874 George was registered at 9 Winchester Street, Southampton and working as a labourer. In 1876 he was again officially registered as a dairyman and living at 2 Winchester Street. In 1880 he was registered at Pinks Farm, Dibden, Southampton as a dairyman. In 1901 George had become a general labourer, living at 17 Marine Parade. He died 26th November 1901.
In 1891, at the age of 14, Henry was working as an errand boy at the port of Southampton. By 1901 he had joined the Royal Navy and the 1901 census records him in Gibraltar serving on HMS Mars as a stoker.
HMS Mars was 3842 tons and launched in Dundee in 1848 and used as a training ship until sold 10th June 1929. It was known as a depot ship.
In January 1902 Henry married Lydia Rose Richards. They lived at 372 Shirley Road, Southampton and had 2 children – Harry (1908- 1959) and Doris (1907-1997) – both born in the Freemantle area of Southampton.
By 1911 Henry had left the Royal Navy and is recorded as working as a Labourer for the Ordnance Survey. Rose (Lydia) was working as a dressmaker. Her father had died and her widowed mother Rose Richards (1852)(Henry’s mother-in-law) was also recorded as living with them. Rose senior was a “woman of private means”. Her other daughter Elizabeth (recorded as Bessie in the 1901 census) is also recorded as living with them. She was 14 years old, had left school and was not in occupation.
The caption highlighted on the Memories article reads:
“The next day Charles Stride of Chantry Road was using a lame horse to pull a trolley laden with ice through Southampton. A short distance away The Titanic slipped her moorings and set out for New York. ice of a different nature was to be her downfall.”
Kellys’ directories show Rose (Lydia) and daughter Doris living at 50 Shirley Avenue, Southampton from 1951. Also registered at the address was Cora Newman. Doris remained a spinster for many years as she cared for and nursed her mother until Lydia Rose passed away on 17 April 1952.
The electoral roll 1952 shows Doris, Lydia, Arthur J Scott Symonds, Eddie H Maynard, John R Goldsmith and Violet A Goldsmith living at the Shirley Avenue address. The 1953 roll shows only Doris E (now Maynard) with Edward H Maynard living there.
The electoral roll of 1954/5 shows Doris and Edward Maynard registered, also John R Goldsmith and Violet A Goldsmith.
The roll of 1956 shows only Doris and Edward registered. There are no records for 50 Shirley Avenue from 1957.
Doris (aged 45) married Eddie Maynard who worked as a banker in 1953. They lived in Pentire Avenue, Upper Shirley, Southampton, without a family, as she was past her child-bearing years.
Henry’s son, Harry Frederick William, had been identified as a fatherless boy with potential and received a scholarships to attend Taunton School and Southampton University. He became a teacher and emigrated to South Africa, aged 22, sailing from Southampton on 11th January 1929, from where he continued to support (Lydia)Rose and Doris.
Henry’s First World War Service
Henry was mobilised in August 1914 with the Royal Navy and became a Leading Stoker on HMS Edgar – a first class cruiser and lead ship of the “Edgar” class, it was a converted depot ship used for destroyers and submarines in the Northern patrol. Henry is noted as being engaged in ” important duties” in the North Sea. Following this he was transferred to the East on Monotor (M15).
In July 1915 Monotor M15 received her main armament in Malta after which she proceeded to Mudros. She was later involved in the defence of the Suez Canal. After bombarding Gaza as part of the Third Battle of Gaza on November 11 1917, Monotor (M15) and a destroyer, HMS Staunch, were torpedoed by UC-38 at Deir el Balah, off the Palestine coast. Twenty six ranks and 576 men lost their lives in the sinking of Monotor (M15), including Henry.
Henry is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial panel 26. He was awarded the 14 – 15 Star, The General Service Medal and the Victory medals.
On his death his wife Rose was informed, she was still living at 372 Shirley Road, Southampton.
N.B. Name errors exist in the information between the Commonwealth War Graves, The Naval Casualty Data Base and Forces War Records who have him as the son of George and Elizabeth Stride of Stanley House Marine Parade, Southampton and his wife as Lydia Rose.
Also in various census there is a variation in how some names are recorded.
Registration of addresses for George and Eliza was taken from Kelly’s Directories 1861 – 1880.
The Service Number recorded for Henry is also held as the same (Naval Base Information) for Harry Stride whose father is named as George instead of Henry.
His wife is named as Rose L and his date of birth given as 31st October 1876.
Research completed by Brenda White in January 2014 with the support of Henry’s great granddaughter who has kindly agreed for photographs of Henry and his daughter to be included in his story. She has supported us by verifying the story and we forward our thanks to her.
The story also was updated in May 2014 with additional information and photographs from Alan Stride whom we thank for his interest and cooperation. His father was the son of Ernest. His father’s name was Albert Henry Stride and Alan thinks that presumably Albert, like himself, was given a middle name associated with Henry. Alan’s father also served in the Royal Navy from 1920 until 1946.
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