Memorial service to be held All Saints Church, Catherington

George Alfred Stone went down with HMS Good Hope.
George Alfred Stone went down with HMS Good Hope.
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A date for your diary is Saturday, November 1, as there is a memorial service to those who went down on HMS Good Hope.

The service is at All Saints’ Church, Cathrington at 10.30am. The captain of the ship used to live nearby and there is a memorial in the churchyard.

I have also received a letter from Janet Pearce, of Bridgemary, Gosport, who tells me she recently obtained a photograph of her grandfather. He went down with the ship in 1914.

He was George Alfred Stone who was a sailmaker’s mate – these ranks remained long after sailing ships became obsolete.

Janet’s mother was Iris Penfold who died two years ago aged 98.

She used to tell Janet that George came from Brighton and married an Emma Jane King from Newport, Isle of Wight, and whose family were in the fruit and veg business.

Sadly, Iris never knew her father as she was conceived in 1913 and George died the following year never knowing his daughter.