John Found

Date of birth: 1877
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment / Division: Royal Navy
Vessel: HMS Good Hope
Rank / Service No: Mechanician, 279973
Died: 1st November 1914, aged 34 years
Commemorated: Portsmouth Naval Memorial


John was the second of 3 siblings born to James and Ruth Found (nee Grant), who married in Southampton in 1874.

Both parents were born in 1851, James in Imber, Wiltshire and Ruth in Southampton.


They also both passed away in 1921 although, a little strangely, Ruth in Southampton and James in Salisbury.



Mary   b. 1875 Southampton   d. ??   Married Thomas Alfred Eyres in Southampton in 1901. Married John Black in Fareham in 1916.


Sarah Ruth   b. 1881 Southampton   d. 1957 Basingstoke


John married Edith Kate Crook in Portsmouth in 1905. The couple appear to have had 2 children and were living at 20 Westfield Road, Eastney, Portsmouth at the 1911 Census.

John James   b. 1906 Southampton   d. ??   Married Mary E. Bull in Southampton in 1928.

Edith Mary   b. 1908 Portsmouth   d. 1983 Southampton   Married William H. Crook in Southampton in 1933.


HMS Good Hope was one of four Drake-class armoured cruisers built for the Royal Navy around 1900.

Originally called Africa, she was launched from Govan on 21 December 1901.


When war broke out, Good Hope was on reserve but she was recommissioned in mid-1914.

She was sent to reinforce the 4th Cruiser Squadron and the squadron was moved to the coast of South America to look for German commerce raiders (armed vessels disguised as merchant ships).


The squadron was then ordered to the Straits of Magellan, to block any attempt of the German East Asia Squadron to penetrate into the South Atlantic.

The Allied squadron found the German squadron off the coast of Chile on 1 November 1914, and so began the Battle of Coronel.


The Germans outnumbered the British and were individually more powerful. At 19.00, Good Hope was fired upon by the Scharnhorst and she was soon on fire.

Rear Admiral Christopher Cradock, on board Good Hope, ordered her to close on the Scharnhorst to allow Good Hope to fire her much lower-powered guns.


As this action took place, the other German cruisers all fired on Good Hope and she sank at approximately 20.00


All 919 crew were lost.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 19th July 2016


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