Horace Frederick Constable

Date of birth: 1893
Place of birth: Islington
Regiment / Division: Royal Navy
Vessel: HMS Colleen
Rank / Service No: Stoker 1st Class, K/12620
Died: 4th June 1920, aged 26 years
Buried: Southampton Hollybrook Cemetery (B.3.36)



Horace was the youngest of 3 siblings born to Benjamin Benham and Amelia Constable (nee Penn), who married in Shoreditch on 24 January 1875.

Benjamin was born in Shoreditch in 1852 and died in Islington in 1895. Amelia was born in Holborn in 1857 and her passing is unknown.


Horace married Lilian Teresa White in Southampton in 1918 and they lived at 50 Derby Road.

Lilian was widowed after being married to Henry William White; the wedding date is unknown, but presumably was around 1914.


Lilian was born in 1894 and, after Horace’s death, she married Arthur J. Routledge in Southampton in 1924.

She married again, to Ernest V. Pearce in Southampton in 1962, and she passed away in the city in 1970.



Blanche Jemima   b. 1878 Hackney   d. 1967 Redbridge, Essex   Married Robert Higgins in Hackney in 1902. Married George Pray in West Ham in 1924.

Florence May   b. 1881 Hackney   d. 1975 Epping   Married Awbrey Frederick Loynes in Shoreditch in 1908.


HMS Colleen was a depot ship based in Queenstown, Ireland. This basically meant that she never put to sea.

Presumably part of Horace’s job would have been to keep the boilers fully operational, if only to keep everyone warm !


Colleen was commissioned on 1 December 1913, having previously been known as HMS Royalist.

It is known that passing patrol vessels would offload any sick or injured personnel onto Colleen.

It is possible that Horace died of illness himself, there is no proof of his cause of death available.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 24th June 2016


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