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  • Photograph published on 13th June 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
12 Mar 1890
Bulwell Nottingham
Frederick was the son of Walter Pearl and his wife Martha Hannah (nee Clark). Walter Pearl was born in Kenton, Suffolk, in 1862 (A/M/J Plomesgate Suffolk), the son of Benjamin and Mary Anne Pearl; he was baptised on 18 March the same year in Kenton. Benjamin Pearl was an agricultural worker in Kenton but the family had moved to Bulwell by 1881 and Benjamin was working as a coal miner. Martha Hannah Clark was born in Attercliffe, Yorkshire, in about 1864. Walter and Martha were married in 1880 (J/A/S Basford) and according to the 1911 Census when they had been married for 30 years they had had 11 children of whom only eight were still living. Nine children were named on the census between 1881 and 1911: William Henry b. 11 November 1880 (O/N/D Basford), Eliza Emily b. 1882 (J/A/S Basford), Elvina Frances b. 1886 (J/A/S Basford, d. 1896 J/A/S Basford age 11), Frederick Albert b. 12 March 1890 (A/M/J Basford), Beatrice Hannah b. 10 March 1892 (A/M/J Basford), John Thomas b. 8 January 1894 (J/F/M Basford), Walter Alexander birth registered 1896 (J/F/M Basford), Robert Alfred b. 10 May 1898 (A/M/J Basford) and Leonard George (also George Leonard) b. 19 September 1900 (O/N/D Nottingham). All the children were born in Bulwell. In 1881 Walter (19) a coal miner, and Martha (16) were living at 4 Chapel Row, Bulwell, with their five-month old son, William Henry. Walter and Martha were living at 86 Albert Street, Bulwell, in 1891. Walter was still working as a coal miner. He and Martha now had four children: William (10), Eliza (8), Elvina (4) and Frederick (1). Also in the household was a lodger, Albert E Pearl (24), who was also a coal miner. Their second daughter, Elvina, died in 1896 aged about 11 years. Walter (39) and Martha (37) had moved again by 1901 but were still living in Bulwell. Six of their eight surviving children were in the household on the night of the census: William (20) a coal miner hewer, Beatrice (9), John (7), Walter (5), Robert (2) and Leonard (7 months). The eldest daughter, Eliza, has not yet been traced on the 1901 Census, but Frederick (11) was an inmate at the Midland Truant School for Boys, Beacon Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire. He may have transferred straight from the school to the training ship TS Southampton from which he joined the Royal Navy four years later in 1905. In 1911 Frederick was serving as a Stoker 1st Class in HMS Revenge at Portsmouth. At the time of the 1911 Census his parents were living at 119 Coventry Road, Bulwell. Walter (49) was now working as a general labourer. Only five of their eight children were still living at home: Beatrice (19) a lace cutter, John (17) a horse keeper at a colliery, Walter (15) a wedger for a pot maker, Robert (12) and Leonard (10). Also in the household was William Henry Tate (21) a coal miner hewer, who was described as an adopted son. William Henry was born in Ilkeston on 23 January 1890 (J/F/M Basford, the son of John and Marina Tate; he was baptised on 13 March 1890 in Ilkeston. He was living with his parents and three older brothers at the time of both the 1891 and 1901 Census. According to a report of the loss of Invincible in 1916 Walter and Martha were living at 18 Coventry Road, Bulwell, but the later CWGC record gives their address as 119 Coventry Road, as for the 1911 Census. Three of their children, Beatrice, John and Leonard, were still living in the family home when they died in the 1940s and 50s. Walter Pearl probably died in November 1922 (Dec Nottingham, Walter A Pearl) aged 60 and Martha Hannah Pearl died in 1932 (Sep Nottingham) aged 68. Of Frederick's siblings: William Henry married Annie Colville (b. 6 November 1873) in 1903 (O/N/D Nottingham) and in 1911 were living on Newstead Colliery Row, Newstead, Nottingham. William (30) was a coal miner (road repairer); he and Annie had three children, Frank (5), William Henry (3) and Frederick Walter (7 months). In 1939 William, a colliery lamp cleaner (above ground), and Annie were living at 79 Newstead Colliery, Basford, with William Henry Pearl b. 25 April 1907 who was unemployed. William died in hospital on 13 April 1946; he was still living at 79 Newstead Colliery. Probate was awarded to his widow, Annie. Annie died on 22 February 1950, she was still at 79 Newstead Colliery. Probate was awarded to William Henry Pearl, a woodworker. Eliza Emily married Frederick Waiblinger Roome in Bulwell on 26 December 1907 and in 1911 they were living on Osberton Street, Sandhill, Rawmarsh, Norfolk; Frederick (34) was a shopkeeper (grocery) and he and Eliza had had one child who had died. Frederick attested on 12 December 1915 when he was nearly 41. They were then living at 8 Apollo Street, Sandhill, and had one child, Dorothy Mary b. 20 June 1911. Frederick was not immediately mobilised but served in France from 23 March 1917 with the 106 Labour Company (24695). He was not demobilised until March 1919 when he was discharged from Clipstone Dispersal Station, Nottinghamshire, to 119 Coventry Road, Bulwell. Eliza, now a widow, died in hospital in Nottingham on 28 August 1960. Beatrice Hannah was living at 119 Coventry Road, Bulwell, with her unmarried brothers, John and Leonard, at the time of the national register in 1939. She died in hospital on 18 March 1956, a month before her brother Leonard; they were then still living at 119 Coventry Road. Her brother Robert was awarded Probate. John Thomas was a retired wharf labourer living with his unmarried siblings Beatrice and Leonard at 119 Coventry Road, Bulwell, in 1939. He died in November 1943 (Dec Nottingham) aged 49. Walter Alexander died on 4 February 1921 (Mar Nottingham) aged 25; he was still living in Bulwell. His mother was awarded Probate. Robert Alfred married Ellen Burton in 1917 (J/A/S Nottingham. At the time of the 1939 national register he was living in Basford and was a colliery banksman. Although his wife was not included on the register for this address their son, Robert Arthur b. 10 November 1925 (d. 2003 Jan Nottingham), was living there. Robert was living at 94 Minerva Street, Basford, when he died on 24 January 1958; Probate was awarded to his widow, Ellen. Leonard George was living at 119 Coventry Road, Bulwell, with his unmarried siblings, Beatrice and John, in 1939. He was employed as a labourer by Nottingham Corporation. Leonard died in hospital on 21 April 1956, a month after the death of his sister Beatrice; he was still living at 119 Coventry Road. His brother Robert was awarded Probate.
Frederick joined the Royal Navy from TS Southampton on 29 December 1905 as a Boy 2nd Class.
31 May 1916
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Stoker 1st Class
HMS Invincible Royal Navy
Frederick joined the Royal Navy at the age of 15 as a Boy 2nd Class on 29 December 1905 from the Training Ship Southampton and entered on a 12 years engagement on 12 March 1908, his eighteenth birthday. He served in the following ships and shore establishments: HMS Ganges, 29 December 1905-8 January 1907 (Boy 2nd Class. Boy 1st Class, 1 September 1906); HMS Euryalus, 9 January 1907-15 May 1907; HMS Excellent, 16 May 1907-19 June 1907; HMS Antrim, 20 June 1907-12 April 1909 (Ordinary Seaman, 12 March 1908); Victory I, 13 April 1909-3 May 1909; HMS Euryalus, 4 May 1909-28 July 1909 (Stoker 2nd Class, 22 July 1909); HMS Nelson, 29 July 1909-4 September 1909; Victory II, 5 September 1909-13 September 1909; HMS Revenge, 14 September 1909-3 April 1911 (Stoker 1st Class, 22 July 1910); HMS Cochrane, 4 April 1911- 13 September 1911. (14 days cell), 28 September 1911-31 January 1912, (14 days cells), 15 February 1912-8 April 1913; Victory II, 9 April 1912-2 August 1904; HMS Invincible, 3 August 1914-31 May 1916 (Acting Leading Stoker 20 May 1915, Stoker 1st Class, 16 February 1916). Service record annotated, ‘NP 4060/1916. DD [discharged dead] 31st May 1916. Killed in action’. Frederick was killed serving in HMS Invincible at the Battle of Jutland. His body was not recovered for burial and he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
Te Training Ship Southampton (formerly HMS Southampton, a fourth rate ship launched in 1820) was established as a training ship in 1866 and moored on the River Humber at Hull. In 1868 TS Southampton was certified as an industrial school ship which allowed it to take boys age 11-15 who were committed by magistrates. Boys were trained in seamanship some of whom later joined either the Royal Navy or the Merchant Navy. The ship was closed in 1912. Article published 13th June 1916 in the Nottingham Evening Post:- “INVINCIBLE'S END. “COMMANDER'S MESSAGE TO BULWELL PARENTS. “In the course of a letter to the parents of Frederick A. Pearl, 18, Coventry-road, Bulwell, who went down with the Invincible in the recent naval battle, the commander of that cruiser describes how a big explosion occurred aboard while the ship was engaged. Death, he stated, came suddenly and painlessly to Pearl, who died as he would have chosen to die. The stokers were doing good work, and everyone was enthusiastic at the beating they were giving the Germans. The splendid end of the dear old ship would always be a proud memory to those who had lost their dear ones in her in the service of King and country. “Pearl had been 12 years in the navy, and was home on leave a little over a month ago. He took part in the Heligoland and Falkland Islands battles.” Above article is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918. Probate: Pearl Walter Alexandra (sic) of Bulwell Nottingham died 4 February 1921 Probate Nottingham 25 February to Martha Hannah Pearl (wife of Walter Pearl). Effects £80 6s. Probate: Pearl William Henry of 79 Newstead Colliery Nottinghamshire died 13 April 1946 at The General Hospital Nottingham Administration 19 June to Annie Pearl widow. Effects £187 13s. 2d. Probate: Pearl Beatrice Hannah of 119 Coventry-road Bulwell Nottinghamshire died 18 March 1956 at Highbury Hospital Nottingham Administration Nottingham 6 September to Robert Alfred Pearl retired labourer. Effect £245 14s. 8d. Probate: Pearl George Leonard of 119 Coventry-road Bulwell Nottinghamshire died 21 April 1956 at The City Hospital Nottingham Administration Nottingham 6 September to Robert Alfred Pearl retired labourer. Effects £477 5s. 8d. Probate: Pearl Robert Alfred of 94 Minerva Street Bulwell Nottingham died 24 January 1958 Probate Nottingham 6 March to Ellen Pearl widow. Effects £580 4s. 6d. Probate: Roome Eliza Emily of Sherwood Hospital Nottingham widow died 28 August 1960 Administration (limited) Nottingham 18 September to Thomas Joseph Owen town clerk. Effects £736 12s. 2d.
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  • Photograph published on 13th June 1916 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
    Frederick Albert Pearl - Photograph published on 13th June 1916 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918