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  • Photograph published on 10th June 1916 in the Nottingham Evening Post and courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
Person Details
28 Mar 1889
Albert was the son of John Bradwell Templeman and Elizabeth Templeman (nee Maddock). John was born in Southwell and Elizabeth in Radford. They were married in Nottingham in 1878 and had three children; Joseph William, John and Albert who were all born in Nottingham. In 1881 John, a warehouseman, and Elizabeth were living at 13 Radnor Street, Radford, with their eldest son, Joseph William (2). Ten years later in 1891 they were living at 1 Hedderley Street, Nottingham, and John was a commercial traveller. He and Elizabeth now had three sons; Joseph (12), John (9) and Albert (5). Elizabeth Templeman died in 1897 aged 40 and her widower married Mary Elwin in 1898 (Jul/Aug/Sep). Mary was the daughter of Benjamin and Lucy Elwin who had at least six children; Louisa, Benjamin, Mary, Elizabeth Millicent (Eliza), Henry and Amy. Amy married a John Taylor in the same registration period as her sister Mary's marriage to John Templeman. John and Mary had two children, Marjorie and Arthur Bradwell. By 1901 John (43), now a lace warehouseman, and Mary (40) were living at 23 Humber Road, Beeston, Nottingham, with their daughter, Marjorie (1, b. Nottingham), and John's two sons, John (19, lace warehouseman) and Albert (15, cycle fitter). Albert's oldest brother, Joseph William, married Eliza (Elizabeth) Millicent Elwin, their stepmother's sister, in Nottingham in 1899. In 1901 Joseph (22), a cycle labourer, Eliza (35) and their one-year old daughter, May, were living on Wollaton Road, Beeston. Eliza died four years later in 1905 aged 41. Albert joined the Royal Navy in April 1907 when he was 18 years old and in 1911 was serving onboard HMS Orontes. By 1911 John and Mary were living at 18 Chaworth Road, Colwick; John was now a financier's clerk. Also in the household were their two children Marjorie (11) and Arthur (9, b. Beeston) and their granddaughter/niece, May (11). May's father, Joseph Templeman, was working as a servant at the Dog and Gunn Inn, Trinity Square, Nottingham. John's second son, John (29), had married in 1907 and in 1911 was living at 33 Finsbury Avenue, Sneinton Dale, Nottingham, with his wife, Florence Elizabeth, and his widowed grandmother, Hannah Tomlinson (74). John and Florence had had two children, both of whom had died. At the time of Albert's death in May 1916 his parents were living at 38 Holborn Avenue, Sneinton Dale, Nottingham. Albert's brother, John, also served in the war (2422852 Private, 2/5th Bn KOYLI). He attested on 8 December 1915 at the age of 34 and transferred to the Army Reserve on 9 December 1915. He was mobilized in October 1916 and served at home until going to France on 14 January 1917. In May the same year he suffered a gunshot would to his right leg/ankle and was treated at 45 Casualty Clearing Station where his right leg was amputated. He was evacuated from France and admitted to the Military Hospital Devonport on 27 June 1917. He was granted furlough on 28 September 1917 pending admission to Roehampton Hospital where he was fitted with an artificial limb. Later that year he was discharged from the army as 'no longer fit for war service' and discharged to his home at 34 Whittier Road, Sneinton, Nottingham. He had served in the army for 2 years and 222 days. He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal. It is likely that Albert's older brother, Joseph William, also served as there is a record for a Joseph William Templeman serving in the ASC (M/287293 Private); he qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal. Albert's father, John, died in 1931, aged 74.
He was a baker when he joined the Royal Navy in 1907.
31 May 1916
3038771 - CWGC Website
K/13998 (Po)
Acting Leading Stoker
HMS Queen Mary Royal Navy
Thomas joined the Royal Navy on 8 April 1907 on a 12 year engagement (5 years + 7 years in Reserve) and voluntarily extended his engagement on completion of 5 years service in 1912. Two separate records are held on the RN Register of Seamen's Services (first record ref. SS104831). He served in the following ships and shore establishments: HMS Nelson 8 April 1907-15 July 1907 (Stoker 2nd Class), HMS Terrible 16 July 1907-4 March 1908. Victory I, 5 March 1908-(illegible)1908 (14 days cells, absent); (ship name illegible) 1908-30 April 1910 (Stoker 1st Class 1 December 1908) (period includes 5 days cells); HMS Crescent 1 May 1910-16 May 1910, HMS Orontes 17 May 1910-9 December 1911; Victory II 10 December 1911-22 February 1912. Albert then re-engaged and served in the following ships and shore establishments: Victory II 23 February 1912-16 March 1912 (Stoker 1st Class); HMS Enchantress 17 March 1912-18 August 1913; Victory II 19 August 1913-3 September 1913; HMS Queen Mary 4 September 1913-31 May 1916 (Acting Leading Stoker 10 June 1915). Service record annotated ‘NP 3925/1916. DD 31st May 1916. Killed in action.’ He was killed at the Battle of Jutland; his body was not recovered for burial and he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Battle of Jutland. HMS Queen Mary (Captain CI Prowse) put to sea with the Battlecruiser Fleet (Vice-Admiral Sir David Beatty in HMS Lion) to intercept a sortie by the German High Seas Fleet into the North Sea. ‘As the Queen Mary fought back under the concentrated fire of Sydlitz and Derfflinger, observers saw three shells of a salvo of four strike home on her at 4.26, followed quickly by two more shells from the next salvo. As a tremendous flame of dark red burst from her and a pillar of smoke rose high into the air, she was rent apart by a shattering concussion as her magazines exploded … Her back broken, the gallant Queen Mary threw her stern into the air, her propellers still slowly revolving … then as further underwater explosions shook her, she plunged to the bottom.’ (‘Jutland’, Captain Donald MacIntyre RN, 1957) There were only a few survivors from a ship’s company of nearly 1300 men. The wreck was discovered in the North Sea in 1991; she is designated as a protected place under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986.
RN Register of Seamen's Services: 'Wounds, scars or marks: Hands across the sea over heart ‘Kate’ on top and (-) love underneath.' Nottingham Evening Post notice 9 June 1916: 'Templeman. lost with HMS Queen Mary May 31st Leading Stoker Albert Templeman of Holborn Avenue, Sneinton.' Probate: Templeman John Bradwell of 20 Haddon-street Sherwood Nottingham died 7 July 1931 Administration (with Will) Nottingham 13 October to Mary Templeman widow and Arthur Bradwell Templeman [son] corporation clerk. Effects £65 3s. 7d.
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  • Photograph published on 10th June 1916 in the Nottingham Evening Post and courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
    Albert Templeman - Photograph published on 10th June 1916 in the Nottingham Evening Post and courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918