John Edward LeHuquet

Date of birth: 9th March 1876
Place of birth: St Martin, Jersey
Service No.: Not known
Rank: Steward
Vessel: HMS Sarnia
Service: Mercantile Marine Reserve
Died: 8th September 1916 aged 40 years
Death location: At sea

 

Life before the War
John was the eldest of 4 siblings born to John Thomas and Ellen, nee Noel, who were both born and bred on Jersey.  Ellen died in Southampton in 1907 and John’s father subsequently married Ellen J Deathers in 1913.  John Thomas died in Winchester in 1930.

John’s 3 siblings were:

Albert R   b.1878 St. Martin and d.1950 Southampton.
Married Frances A. Blatchford in Southampton in 1913.  They had one child, a daughter Phyllis F b.1915, and she married twice.
Frances was the sister of Ellen, so there is the chance that both couples married at the same time.

Agnes E   b.1881 St. Martin and d. 1945 Winchester.  Wilfred’s twin.  Married Frank W Knott in Southampton in late 1911.

Wilfred G   b.1881 St. Martin.

At the 1911 census Albert, Agnes and Wilfred were all living with their father in Southampton.  Intriguingly, there was also a Granddaughter, Violet May, who was born in 1906.  It would appear that Violet was Agnes’s daughter out of wedlock.

John married Edith Marie, nee Blatchford,  in Southampton in 1898.  They lived at 13 Newcombe Road in the Polygon and had 4 children of their own:

Edith Doris   b.1899 Southampton and d.1981 Grimsby.
Married William John Sturmey in Southampton in 1918.
Married Sidney Smith in Grimsby in 1935.

Winifred Irene    b.1901 Southampton.
Married William John Sturmey in Weymouth in 1922.
Married Thomas Munday in Weymouth in 1944.

John Albert   b.1903 Southampton and d.1952 Southampton.
Married Margaret V Pullen in Southampton in 1950.

Harold George  b.1905 Southampton and d.1977 Plymouth.
Married Madge E Tilling in Southampton in 1933.

 

War Service
HMS Sarnia was built in Birkenhead in 1910 as a passenger ferry.  For four years she plied her trade in the English Channel before being transformed into an armed boarding ship.

HMS Sarnia saw service exclusively in the Dardanelles from 1915, during the Gallipoli campaign, primarily as a troopship.

It is mentioned in official records that Steward John Le Huquet was “discharged dead” from the vessel on 8th September 1916.  There is nothing in the records to show what caused John’s demise, but it must have been very sudden for the Sarnia not to have made port and discharged him to hospital.

On 29th October 1916 Sarnia collided with HMS Hythe off Cape Helles.  The Hythe, also acting as a troopship, sank with the loss of 155 people.  Sarnia was repaired over the following months and was back in the area plying her trade between Mudros and the Gallipoli peninsular.

On the 12th September 1918, just off Alexandria, Sarnia was sunk by a torpedo fired from U-65.  54 persons lost their lives.

John is interred at the East Mudros Military Cemetery, Lemnos, Greece (Plot III, row F, Grave 182).  This Cemetery holds 885 Commonwealth WW1 burials, plus 7 non-war naval graves.  John’s headstone reads:

“The dearly loved husband of Edith Le Huquet. “

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 10th May 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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