Jump to content
Free downloads from TNA ×
The Great War (1914-1918) Forum

Remembered Today:

SS/114893 Sto. 1Cl. Frederick Hall RN


Recommended Posts

from the CWGC


Initials: F

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Stoker 1st Class

Regiment: Royal Navy

Unit Text: H.M.S. "Turbulent."

Age: 21

Date of Death: 01/06/1916

Service No: SS/114893

Additional information: Son of Frederick and Alice Hall, of 23, Rust Square, Kitson Rd., Camberwell, London.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: 17.


Location Information: The Memorial overlooks the town of Chatham and is approached by a steep path from the Town Hall Gardens. A copy of the Memorial Register is kept in the Naval Chapel of Brompton Garrison Church and may be consulted there. The keys to the church are held at the Gate House, which is always manned. Copies of the Memorial Register may also be consulted at: Chatham Library - Tel: 01634 843589 Medway Archives & Local Studies Centre - Tel: 01634 332714

Historical Information: After the First World War, an appropriate way had to be found of commemorating those members of the Royal Navy who had no known grave, the majority of deaths having occurred at sea where no permanent memorial could be provided. An Admiralty committee recommended that the three manning ports in Great Britain - Chatham, Plymouth and Portsmouth - should each have an identical memorial of unmistakable naval form, an obelisk, which would serve as a leading mark for shipping. The memorials were designed by Sir Robert Lorimer, who had already carried out a considerable amount of work for the Commission, with sculpture by Henry Poole. After the Second World War it was decided that the naval memorials should be extended to provide space for commemorating the naval dead without graves of that war, but since the three sites were dissimilar, a different architectural treatment was required for each. The architect for the Second World War extension at Chatham was Sir Edward Maufe (who also designed the Air Forces memorial at Runnymede) and the additional sculpture was by Charles Wheeler and William McMillan. Chatham Naval Memorial commemorates more than 8,500 sailors of the First World War and over 10,000 from the Second World War.

From the Appendix [to Admiral Sir John Jellicoe’s despatch] by Vice-Admiral Sir David Beatty

12 destroyers, including the Turbulent, “having been ordered to attack the enemy with torpedoes when the opportunity offered, moved out at 4.15 p.m. simultaneously with a similar movement on the part of the enemy’s destroyers …………………. Petard, Nerisa, Turbulent and Tarmagant also pressed home their attack on the enemy battle cruisers, firing torpedoes after the engagement with enemy destroyers…………..These destroyer attacks were indicative of the spirit pervading His Majesty’s Navy, and were worthy of its highest traditions………………………………

The 13th Flotilla, under the command of Captain James U. Farie, in Champion, took station astern of the Battle Fleet for the night. At 0.30 a.m. on Thursday, 1st June, a large vessel crossed the rear of the flotilla at high speed. She passed close to Petard and Turbulent, switched on her searchlights, and opened a heavy fire, which disabled Turbulent.”

Jellicoe: “I deeply regret to report the loss of H.M. ships Queen Mary, Indefatigable, Invincible, Defence, Black Prince, Warrior and of H.M.T.B.D.’s Tipperary, Ardent, Fortune, Shark, Sparrowhawk, Nestor, Nomad and Turbulent, and still more do I regret the resultant heavy loss of life”

90 lives, including Frederick Hall, were lost with the Turbulent

[details from ‘The Naval Who’s Who 1917]


Link to comment
Share on other sites

90 lives, including Frederick Hall, were lost with the Turbulent

Very heavy loses indeed as HMS Turbulent only had a compliment of 102 crew....................Turbulent was a Talisman Class Destroyer with a displacement of 1098 tons & armed with five 4.5-inch quick firing guns & four 21-inch torpedo tubes. She was launched on the 5th January 1916 (fairly brief career as she was sunk less than 5 months later) & was designed to screen the Grand Fleet & launch torpedo attacks on the German High Seas.

Source - Royal Navy Website

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Create New...