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01 Jul 1892
Meadows, Nottingham
He was the son of George Frederick and Keziah Morley. His mother, who was born in Derby about 1872, died age 31 in 1903 (registered Jan/Feb/Mar). His father remarried Lois (b. Leicestershire about 1868). In 1901 his parents were living at 1 Martha Terrace, Meadows, with their three sons, George Arthur (8), Frederick (5) and William (3). His father was a railway engineer stoker. In 1911 George, who had joined the Royal Navy a year earlier, was serving at sea in 'China and East Indies'. His father and stepmother were living at 75 Midland Crescent, Nottingham, and George's brothers, Frederick and William, were still at home. His father's widowed mother, Mary (65) was also living with the family. Frederick and his wife were still living at the same address at the time of George's death; according to the Royal Navy record notification of his death was sent to his mother, Lois.
When he joined the Royal Navy in 1910 he was a beer bottler.
12 Dec 1917
3041391 - CWGC Website
HMS Partridge. He enlisted for 12 years on his 18th birthday, 1 July 1910. He was rated Leading Seaman on 10 October 1916. Ships and establishments: Ganges II (Boy 2nd Class) 5 April 1910-24 June 1910, Magnificent 25 June 1910-30 November 1910 (rated Ordinary Seaman 4 October 1910), Parenge(?) to 20 February 1911, Edgar 21 February 1911-28 April 1911, Powerful 29 April 1911-8 November 1911, Pyramus 9 November 1911, Pegasus 10 November 1911-12 December 1912 (rated Able Seaman 28 December 1912), Victory I 13 December 1913-13 January 1913, Vernon 14 January 1913-9 April 1913, Ariadne 10 April 1913-6 August 1913, Egmont 27 August 1913-30 April 1916, Europa 1 May 196-2 April 1917 (rated Leading Seaman 10 October 1916), Victory I 2 April 1916-28 May 1917, Vernon 29 May 1917-2 August 1917, (Greenwich) Partridge 3 August 1917-12 December 1917. Register of Seamen's Services: ‘NP10616/17 Missing when HMS Partridge was sunk 12/12/17’ HMS Partridge was an Admiralty M Class destroyer. On 11th December 1917 Partridge, HMS Pellew and four trawlers left Lerwick for Bergen with a six ship convoy. At 11.45 hrs on the 12th the convoy was attacked by four German destroyers, G-101, G-103, G-104 and V-100 and Partridge was hit almost immediately by a shell that severed her main steam pipe and left her lying dead in the water. She did fire a torpedo, which hit V-100, but this failed to explode before she was struck by a torpedo herself. Lt Commander Ransome gave the order to abandon ship and Partridge was then hit by a further two torpedoes. The German destroyers sank all six merchant ships and the trawler escorts and escaped under cover of bad weather, leaving the damaged Pellew as the only survivor. HMS Partridge’s casualties were heavy with five officers and ninety-two ratings being reported as killed. Three officers and twenty-one ratings were picked up by the Germans and became prisoners. (British Warship Losses of the 20th Century by Paul Kemp). His body was not recovered for burial and he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial
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