Naval

Prior to the outbreak of the Great War, Britain and Germany had been engaged in a race to build the most powerful navy. Britain’s history of having arguably the world’s strongest navy is well documented, particularly in the 1800s. In the opening years of the twentieth century, Germany sought to challenge Britain’s dominance; this sparked a frantic race between the two nations to build bigger and more powerful ships, namely: the dreadnought.

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Signalman Frank Vincent Wise

This story is the result of an investigation of documents held by Surrey History Centre. The file...

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Fleet Paymaster John Cooper

John joined the Royal Navy in 1886 at the age of 17 and died during the Battle of Coronel, a First...

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Lt-Commander Ernest Torre Favell

Lt-Commnader Favell become part of naval history losing his life when HMS Pathfinder was the first...

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Lt-Commander Gerald Bruce Gaskell

Gerald was a casualty of the Battle of Coronel, a First World War Imperial German Naval victory over...

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Able Seaman John William Buss

John was the last fatality from the men of Weybridge who went to war and are remembered on the...

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Lieutenant Edward Wynter Bulteel

Edward joined the Royal Navy in 1902 as a Midshipman and rose to command HM Torpedo Boat 12 in 1914.

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Sub-Lieutenant John Gerald Barrow

John was one of the casualties on HM Submarine E3, the vicitim of the first successful attack of one...

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Stoker 1st Class, George Edward Leonard Wills

On 15 October George’s squadron was patrolling off Peterhead on the NE coast of Scotland when she...

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Chief Petty Officer William Henry Randall

An experienced Naval Stoker, William re-joined at the outbreak of the Great War. He was serving on...

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Lieutenant Claude Handford Herbert

Claude served in the Battle of Jutland but succumbed to influenza in Italy a few days before the...

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Frederick Brooks

Frederick Brooks, a Stoke D'Abernon man whose wartime experiences were briefly recorded in the St...

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Richard Charles Ambler

Air Mechanic commemorated on the St Mary's Church memorial in Tatsfield

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Surrey's Jutland

Many Surrey men sacrificed their lives during the Battle of Jutland, 31 May-1 June 1916