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  • Photograph was published 21st July 1916 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
Person Details
22 May 1894
Nottingham
George William Chamberlain was son of George Chamberlain and Alice Spencer (b. Sheffield), who married at St Paul’s Church Nottingham in June 1893. For some reason Alice Spencer chose to call herself Euphrisa at the time of her marriage. There is no evidence, however, that Euphrisa was ever her given name. The Chamberlains, plus Fred Spencer, a son from Alice’s previous marriage to William Bennland Spencer, were living at 4 Fleet Place Lodging House, Nottingham in 1901. (Alice's name is given as 'Emprance' on the census form). Alice Chamberlain died in Nottingham, aged 56, in 1909. In 1911 George Chamberlain, a lace warper, was stated to be an inmate at an unspecified hospital in Bulwell. George Chamberlain died in Nottingham, aged 65, in 1915. George's address at the time of his death was given in the local paper as 31 Woodland Street, Sneinton. In his Naval records the person to be told about George William's death was described as a friend: May Swift, of 6 Drake Street, off Platt Street, Nottingham. May Swift (b.1896) was the daughter of John and Elizabeth Swift, who was already living at 6 Drake Street in 1911. She worked as a laundress. Another Naval record names a 'Mrs Higgs' as being notified of his death in addition to a 'friend' [May Swift].
He was a French polisher when he joined the Royal Navy in 1910. In 1911 he was a Boy 2nd Class serving in HMS Ganges, the Royal Navy's Training Establishment at Shotley, near Ipswich, Suffolk.
31 May 1916
22
2876097 - CWGC Website
J/10120
Able Seaman
HMS Nomad Royal Navy
George joined the Royal Navy on 8 October 1910 when he was 16 years old and signed on for 12 years at the age of 18 on 22 May 1912. He served in the following ships and shore establishments: HMS Ganges 8 October 1910-5 June 1911 (Boy 2nd Class, Boy 1st Class 17 May 1911); HMS Essex 6 June 1911-20 September 1911; HMS Victory 21 September 1911-1 October 1911; HMS Arrogant 2 October 1911-29 November 1911; HMS Drake 30 November 1911-12 March 1913 (Ordinary Seaman 22 March 1912, Able Seaman 23 February 1913), HMS Victory 13 March-31 March 1913; HMS Revenge 1 April 1913-14 May 1913; HMS Albermarle 15 May 1913-10 January 1914; HMS Vernon 11 January 1914-4 April 1914; Woolwich 5 April 1914-31 March 1916; HMS Nomad 1 April 1916-31 May 1916. George was killed while serving in HMS Nomad at the Battle of Jutland. His body was not recovered for burial and he is commemorated on the Portsmouth War Memorial. HMS Nomad (Lieutenant Commander Paul Whitfield RN) was a destroyer of the 13th Destroyer Flotilla (Captain JU Farie RN). The Flotilla was at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916 and HMS Nomad and HMS Nestor, both of the 13th Flotilla, were disabled by gunfire early in the battle and were eventually sunk by the battleships of the German High Seas Fleet. There were few survivors; Nomad 72, Nestor 80, including the captains of both ships. The captain of HMS Nestor, Cdr the Hon EBS Bingham, was awarded the VC. Survivors were taken prisoner and there may initially have been some doubt about George's death as an undated note on his record, which has been crossed through, reads, ‘Prisoner of War in Germany after action on 31 May-1 June 1916’.
Nottingham Evening Post 21 July 1916, photograph with caption: 'GW Chamberlain, went down with HMS Nomad on May 31st, aged 22, 31, Woodland St., Sneinton.' In memoriam published 31st May 1917 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “CHAMBERLAIN. – In loving memory of George William Chamberlain, drowned in the Jutland Battle May 31st,1916, H.M.S. Nomad. His toil is passed, his work is done, and he is fully blessed. He fought the fight, the victory won, and entered into rest but the hardest part is yet to come, when the heroes all return, and I miss among the cheering crowds the face of my dear one. – From his fiancée May.” Above in memoriam is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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  • Photograph was published 21st July 1916 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
    George William Chamberlain - Photograph was published 21st July 1916 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918