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Walter Charles House

Male Abt 1891 - 1912  (~ 21 years)


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  • Name Walter Charles House  [1
    Birth Abt 1890  Gosport, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Birth Abt 1891 
    • from age at death
    Residence 1891  20 Zetland Road, Whitworth Road, Alverstoke, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Birth Abt Feb 1891  Alverstoke RD, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Born Abt Mar 1891  Gosport, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Name Walter C House  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Residence 1901  15 Lavinia Road, Alverstoke, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 2 Apr 1911 
    R.N. Able Seaman 
    Religion Church of England 
    Residence 2 Apr 1911  Royal Navy at sea, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ship 'Cambrian' lat 34s long 154.55e
    Died 6 Oct 1912  At sea Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • on board H. M. S. Forth (Submarine B 2)
    Notes 
    • http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=1302.0;wap2
      Old Hobden:
      A few items from Australian newspapers.

      "The loss of Submarine B2, London, October 6.
      Salvage operations are proceeding for the lifting of the British Submarine B2, which was struck off South Foreland on Friday morning last by the steamer Amerika.......
      It was reported this morning that the divers had located the wreck, and attached chains to it, but they mistook a rock for the B2. Dredging is being continued.
      Lieutenant Pulley, the sole survivor of the disaster, who was picked up after being three-quarters of an hour in the water, is recovering, but he is still unable to complete his story of the disaster.............."
      The Mercury, 8 October 1912.

      "Submarine Disaster, London Oct 9.
      The divers state that there is a great hole in Submarine B2 near the conning tower, and that the submarine would double up at the break if an attempt were made to sling her. Salvage operations would also prove dangerous owning to the crowded fairway."
      Kalgoorlie Miner, 11 October 1912.

      "The funeral service for the victims of the disaster to the Submarine B2 was held on board the cruiser Forth over the spot where the vessel foundered. Forty warships participated in the ceremony."
      The Capricornian, 19 October 1912.

      "Liner and submarine, paying the damage. Berlin, December 15.
      The owners of the Hamburg-American liner Amerika, which, on her homeward voyage, recently ran down the British Submarine B2 in the English Channel, has been ordered to pay the British Admiralty 95 per cent of the loss incurred by the sinking of the vessel. They also have to meet the claims for compensation put forward by the relatives of the officers and crew of the submarine."
      The Advertiser, 17 December 1912.

      "Collision with submarine, officer of Amerika blameworthy, Berlin March 27, 1913.
      The marine court at Hamburg has found the second officer of the Hamburg-American liner Amerika blameable in connection with the sinking of the British Submarine B2 in the collision off Dover. The court considered that there had been an inadequate lookout and lack of precaution taken after the submarine had been sighted..........
      The boat having been much damaged, salvage operations were impossible and the wrecked submarine was abandoned on October 8."
      The Register, 28 March 1913.

      From Silent Warriors, Submarine Wrecks of the United Kingdom, volume one. Young and Armstrong. Page 274.
      "On 4 October the tiny submarine was surfaced some 4 miles north-east of Dover, probably charging batteries. It was a calm, clear night and dawn had not yet broken. It appears that lookouts on board the 23,000-ton Hamburg-Amerika liner SS Amerika, on passage from Hamburg for Southampton, failed to see the low profile of HMS B2 until it was too late. The bows of SS Amerika sliced into B2 just forward of the conning tower and the little submarine sank at once. Lt Richard Pulleyne, who was on the bridge with a petty officer, was the only survivor. The boat was badly holed near the conning tower and sank immediately. Pulleyne was sucked down, but as the boat struck bottom, the impact released him. His oilskins contained air, enabling Pulleyne to tread water for nearly thirty minutes, until he was rescued."

      The men who died.
      Andrews, Richard Sydney, Able Seaman
      Barratt, Sidney Charles, Able Seaman
      Bryant, James Arthur, Stoker
      Douglas, Alexander, Petty Officer Stoker
      House, Walter Charles, Able Seaman
      Keast, Herbert, Leading Seaman
      Lancey, William Barrow, Leading Seaman
      Ledo, William, Leading Seaman
      Lee, Eneas, Able Seaman
      Millar, William Crawford, Engine R Artificer
      O'Brien, Percy Borough, Lieutenant
      Reid, William, Engine Room Artificer
      Rivers, Walter Charles, Petty Officer
      Russell, Frank, Leading Stoker
      Sherrell, William Henry, Able Seaman
    Person ID I37931  ONS
    Last Modified 3 Oct 2017 

    Father Walter House,   b. Abt Feb 1866, Southampton, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt May 1927, Newent RD, Gloucestershire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years) 
    Mother Susan Florence Beizley,   b. Abt Aug 1866, Hodson, Wiltshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt May 1916, Winchcomb RD, Gloucestershire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years) 
    Married Abt Feb 1888  South Stoneham RD, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Family ID F11753  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - Abt 1890 - Gosport, Hampshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - Abt Feb 1891 - Alverstoke RD, Hampshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt Mar 1891 - Gosport, Hampshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 6 Oct 1912 - At sea Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S476] BMD register (England & Wales) - births - multiple sources.
      available online from various sources

    2. [S156] 1911 census - UK.

    3. [S5] 1891 census.

    4. [S6] 1901 census.

    5. [S1741] FindMyPast Marine Deaths.

    6. [S475] BMD register (England & Wales) - marriages - multiple sources.
      available online from various sources