William Henry Haskins

Date of birth: 11th January 1885
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment / Division: Royal Navy
Vessel: HMS Europa
Rank / Service No: Able Seaman, J/3629
Died: 26th July 1915, aged 30 years
Buried: Piete Military Cemetery, Kalta, Malta (3.B.4)


William was the fourth of 12 siblings born to Henry WILLIAM and Nancy Mary Ann (Annie) Haskins (nee Munson), who married in Southampton on 9 February 1879.


Henry William was born in Chichester on 17 October 1841 and he died in the Royal Hospital, Chelsea on 5 January 1921.

Nancy was born in Southampton in 1857 and she passed away in Bournemouth in 1946.


It can be assumed that the couple had split up before the 1911 Census, where Nancy was living with her daughter Matilda and her family in Boldre and one of their daughters died in the Poor House in 1908.



Florence Clara   b. 1879 Southampton   d. 20 December 1961 Southampton   Married George Hancock in Southampton in 1900.

Matilda Elizabeth   b. 1881 Southampton   d. 1940 East Boldre   Married Charles John Gregory in Southampton in 1900…9 children.

May Dulcie Annie   b. 1882 Southampton   d. 2 July 1979 Southampton   97 years old !! Married Alfred George Smale in Southampton in 1909.

William Henry

Daisy Victoria   b. 1887 Southampton   d. 1908 Shirley Poor House

Ayling JOHN   b. 6 October 1888 Southampton   d. 1938 Nottingham

Ernest Allen   b. 1891 Southampton   d. 28 October 1895 West Quay Hospital

Frank Charles   b. 9 June 1893 Southampton   d. 28 August 1906 Shirley

Eliza   b. 1895 Southampton   d. ??

Allen James   b. 23 August 1896 Southampton   d. 16 December 1897 Shirley

Esther Louisa   b. 24 February 1899 Southampton   d. 1980 Bournemouth   Married Arthur G. Watts in Bournemouth in 1925.

Dora Amelia   b. 1901 Southampton   d. 1974 Farnham   Married Albert E. Spooner in Farnham in 1927.


William attested on 8 Decmber 1903 for the standard 12 years. At the outbreak of war, he was assigned to HMS Triumph which worked in the North Sea and the Dardanelles.


On May 25 1915, William was wounded when Triumph was sunk by torpedo.


After only 2 weeks recuperation, William was assigned to HMS Europa.

Europa was launched from Clydebank on 20 March 1897. Having worked in the Meditteranean and undertaken a return trip to Australia, she had a general re-fit in 1902.


At the outbreaak of war, Europa was assigned to the 9th Cruiser Squadron, operating in the Atlantic.

From July 1915, she worked off Moudros in the Dardanelles Campaign, as the flagship of the squadron.


William died in a military hospital in Malta, from colitis, presumably as the vessel was patrolling the eastern Meditteranean.


Europa was paid off in Malta in 1920.


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 28th September 2016


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