John Edward Jerram

Date of birth: 1st April 1873
Place of birth: St. Mary’s, Southampton
Regiment / Division: Royal Navy
Vessel: HMS Invincible
Rank / Service No: Stoker, 14920
Died: 31st May 1916, aged 43 years
Commemorated: Portsmouth Naval Memorial


John was the only child of John Edward and Elizabeth Jerram (nee Collis), who married in Southampton in 1870.


John Edward was born in Wales in 1847 and Elizabeth in West End in 1850. Unfortunately, Elizabeth passed away in 1888 aged only 38 years.

John then married Maria Edwards, in Southampton in 1888, and this resulted in John Jnr. having plenty of half-brothers and sisters.


Maria brought 3 children from a previous marriage and the couple themselves had a further two childen…..


Elizabeth Ellen Edwards   b. 1876 West End   d. ??

John Thomas Edwards   b. 1878 West End   d. 1940 Southampton   Married Emily Sanger in Southampton in 1899.

Florence Ethel Edwards   b. 16 September 1880 West End   d. 1965 New Forest   Married Andrew William Mair in Southampton in 1901.

Frederick William   b. 1 May 1889 Southampton   d. 1964 Southampton   Married Bessie E. Edsall in Southampton in 1912.

Daniel Thomas   b. 14 March 1891 Southampton  d. 1948 Southampton   Married Emily Hallum in Southampton in 1910.


John Edward Snr. died in Southampton in 1906 and Maria passed away in 1917, aged 63 years.


John married Lily Dymott in Southampton in 1898. The couple had 4 children but, unfortunately, three of them died in infancy…….


John Edwin   b. 1899 Woolston   d. 1899 Woolston

Ernest Edward   b. 1900 Woolston   d. 1900 Woolston

Susannah Elizabeth M.   b. 1904 Woolston   d. 1904 Woolston

John Edward   b. 16 May 1905 Woolston   d. May 1940 St. Omer, France   Married Audrey Whales in Finsbury Park in 1936. John Edward was a Bombardier in the 98th Field Regiment in the Royal Artillery during WW2.

He died sometime between 10 May and 2 June 1940 at St. Omer, and was living at Finsbury Park at the time.


Lily had been born in Southampton in 1873 and she passed away in the city in 1927.



The Invincible was the first battlecruiser to be built anywhere in the world, and was launched on Tyneside in 1907.

She participated in the Battle of Heligoland Bight, on 28 August 1914, but only in a minor role because she was the slowest of the British battlecruisers present.


During the Battle of the Falkland Islands on 8 December 1914, Invincible and her sister ship Inflexible sank the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau armoured cruisers.


Invincible was the flagship of the 3rd Battlecruiser Squadron at the Battle of Jutland (31.5.16 – 1.6.16). Unfortunately she was destroyed by a magazine explosion on the first day, after her “Q” turret was penetrated…the ship was blown in half.


1026 men lost their lives, with only 6 survivors. One of the six was a Gunner actually sat in the Q turret when it was hit, he was somehow blown clear.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 4th October 2016


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