William was a petty officer at the time he went down with his ship HMS Hampshire after she struck a German mine on Monday June 5, 1916. In all, 643 sailors lost their lives.
He was the son of Henry and Mary Cake and the wife of Minnie. They lived at 20, St David’s Road, East Cowes, Isle of Wight.
William was born in 1877 and joined the Royal Navy in November 1896. Aged 38 at the time of his death, he was the father of seven children.
One son was aged two-and half when his father died and grew up to have a daughter, Jackie.
It was Jackie Baynes nee Cake, who sent in the photo. She now lives in Old Portsmouth.
RONALD TOM TAYLOR
Ronald was the son of Leonard and Minnie Taylor and the husband of Beryl Taylor of Poole in Dorset.
He was also the brother of Maureen Clark, now of Farlington and Portsmouth-born. Ronald was killed when the destroyer HMS Wren was bombed, along with other ships, by 15 German aircraft 20 miles off the coast of Suffolk, on July 27, 1940. Of the ship’s company of 134, 37 sailors went down with the ship.
Ronald is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
Picture/ Ronald Tom Taylor dressed in Number 1 uniform. It has changed little over the years.
JOSEPH PASCHAL WILKINS
Joseph was a local man from North End and was the son of James and Emily Wilkins and the husband of Ada Margaret Wilkins.
Joseph went down with HMS Royal Oak in 1939, a disaster I wrote about a fortnight ago.
Joseph’s youngest son, Bryan J Wilkins, asked for his late father, who is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, to be mentioned.
Picture/Joseph Wilkins pictured when he serving on HMS Aphis an Insect Class gunboat.
RIFLEMAN HENRY BORYER AND PETTY OFFICER RONALD JAMES WEAVING
Although not a Portsmouth man, Henry Boryer’s children were and in later years one of them was to become the great-grandfather of Richard Boryer of Havant.
Henry was killed in action in Beersheba near Gaza in 1914.
Ronald was the son of Albert and Edith Weaving from Catherington, near Horndean. He went down with his ship HMS Isis off the coast of Normandy on July 20, 1944. A total of 155 officers and men went down with her. Ronald was the cousin of Richard’s mother and is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
There is a memorial to HMS Isis in Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral, Old Portsmouth.
Picture/ Petty Officer Ronald Weaving.(Please use the photo although not that good that’s the only one in the family. Thank you)
FREDERICK ALBERT GROOM
Frederick was a local lad and lived with his parents Mr S and Mrs C Groom at 9 Gurney Road, Milton, Portsmouth.
Just 18, he was serving in the battle cruiser HMS Invincible when she was lost in the Battle of Jutland,
She took 1,026 men down with her. Just six of her crew survived to be picked up later.
Frederick, who died on May 31, 1916 would have been the great uncle of Gez Groom of Waterlooville and is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
Picture/ Frederick Albert Groom with his cap tally reading HMS Invincible. I should think this photo was taken shortly before his last fateful voyage.
WILLIAM JAMES STUBBINGTON
Stoker William Stubbington was a local man from Buckland. Portsmouth and at the time of his death was aged 34. He was the son of Harry and Minerva Stubbington and the husband of Hilda Kate.
On the night of July 23, 1940 the submarine HMS Narwhal was attacked and bombed in the North Sea 125 miles east of Aberdeen. She was never seen again and was reported lost on August 1, 1940.
William’s daughter, Mrs M Sibley, asked for him to be mentioned today. He is also remembered on the Portsmouth Naval War Memorial.
Picture/ William James Stubbington