|Date of birth:||25th July 1878|
|Place of birth:||Whites Road, Bitterne, Southampton|
|Regiment / Division:||Royal Navy|
|Rank / Service No:||Chief Cook, PO/286832|
|Died:||26th November 1914, aged 36 years|
|Commemorated:||Portsmouth Naval Memorial|
William was the fourth of 11 siblings born to Levi and Eliza Jane Barfoot (nee Spranklin), who married in Southampton on 20 March 1872.
Eliza was born in Dorchester in 1850 and she passed away in Southampton on 28 May 1900.
Levi was born in Hedge End on 27 August 1847. After Eliza’s passing, he married Emily Monk in Southampton on 19 March 1914.
Emily was born in 1851 and she, unfortunately, passed away in 1919.
Levi died in Southampton in 1933.
Cecil b. 1873 Millbrook d. 15 April 1892 Chilworth
Henry Charles b. 1875 Shirley d. 1948 Wandsworth Married Jessie Thompson in Bournemouth in 1897.
Gertrude Leah b. 1877 Shirley d. 1947 Southampton Married Albert Robert Beeden in Southampton in 1903.
Lewis Percy b. 25 May 1880 Bitterne d. 1922 Bournemouth Married Florence Martin in Chelsea on 19 April 1908.
Richard Spranklin b. 22 October 1881 Bitterne d. 1919 Richmond, Surrey Married May C. Chappelle in Dover in 1915.
Leah Gertrude b. 6 August 1883 Bitterne d. 1966 Shardlow, Derbyshire Married Horace Barker in Tonbridge in 1910.
Vida Annie b. 3 September 1885 Bitterne d. 1979 Southampton Married Walter C. Vincent in Southampton in 1907.
Charles Rowland b. 3 April 1887 Bitterne d. 1889 Chilworth
Florence ELSIE b. 26 November 1888 Chilworth d. 1978 Southampton Married William Leonard Ewins in Southampton in 1908.
Sidney George b. 26 July 1891 Chilworth d. 1979 Southampton Married Lily J. Taylor in Southampton in 1919.
Wallace b. 12 April 1892 Chilworth d. 1934 Southampton
Bulwark was a London class battleship, which entered service with the RN in 1902. she sailed with the Mediterranean fleet until 1907 before coming home to home waters.
In 1912, the vessel was refitted and immediately became part of the 5th Battle Squadron. At the outbreak of war, the Squadron was attached to the Channel Fleet, patrolling the English Channel.
On 26 November, when anchored off Sheerness, a “large internal explosion” destroyed the vessel, killing 736 men.
8 of the fourteen survivors died later in hospital, between November 1914 and January 1918.
After an exhaustive enquiry it was decided that the explosion was caused by over-heating cordite charges that had been placed adjacent to a boiler room bulkhead.
|Published:||22nd November 2016|
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