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Person Details
27 Jul 1888
Ernest was born on 27 July 1888, the son of Ruth Fisher (b. abt 1852). His mother married David Beetles in 1895 (J/A/S Nottingham). Ernest joined the Royal Navy in 1906. His mother was living at 3 Commercial Street, Spring Close, Lenton, Nottingham, at the time of his death in 1916. She was still living at the same address when the CWGC record was compiled some years later. Ruth Beetles died in 1928 (Jun Nottingham) aged 76.
He was a miller and turner when he joined the Royal Navy on 21 June 1906.
31 May 1916
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Able Seaman
HMS Invincible Royal Navy
Ernest joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class on 21 June 1906 and entered on a 12 year engagement on his 18th birthday, 27 July 1906. In 1911 he was serving as an Able Seaman in HMS Melpomene, listed as in the geographical region of 'Australia and South Africa'. He served in the following ships and shore establishments: Boscawen III, 21 June 1906-30 June 1906 (Boy 2nd Class); HMS Ganges II, 1 July 1906-20 September 1906; HMS Sutler, 21 September 1906-8 December 1906 (Boy 1st Class, 21 September 1906); HMS Centurion, 9 December 1906-24 March 1907; HMS Research, 25 March 1907-31 October 1907 (Ordinary Seaman, 25 March 1907); Victory I, 1 November 1907-11 February 1908; HMS Philomel, 12 February 1908-25 July 1909 (Able Seaman, 15 July 1909); Victory I. 26 July 1909-25 August 1909; Victory II, 26 August 1909-2 December 1909; Victory I, 3 December 1909-10 January 1910; HMS Melpomene, 11 January 1915-15 January 1912; Victory I, 16 January 1912-14 February 1912; HMS Excellent, 15 February 1912-14 August 1912; Victory I, 15 August 1912-13 November 1912; HMS Princess Royal, 14 November 1912-13 May 1913; 3 days cells; 19 May 1913-9 June 1913; HMS Invincible, 10 June 1913-31 December 1913; Victory I, 1 January 1914-24 January 1914; HMS Vindictive, 25 January 1914-30 July 1914; Victory I, 31 July 1914-2 August 1914; HMS Invincible, 3 August 1914-31 May 1916. Service record annotated ‘NP4060/1916. DD [discharged dead] 31st May, 1916. Killed in action’ Ernest was serving in HMS Invincible when he was killed at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916. His body was not recovered for burial and he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. At Jutland Lützow and Derfflinger fired three salvoes each at Invincible and sank her in 90 seconds. At least one 305 mm (12-inch) shell from the third salvo struck her midships 'Q' turret. The shell penetrated the front of 'Q' turret, blew off the roof and detonated the midships magazines, which blew the ship in half. The explosion possibly ignited 'A' and 'X' magazines. 1026 officers and men were killed, including Rear-Admiral Hood. There were only six survivors picked up by Badger. (Wikipedia)
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