ALBERT J. WILSON

Image 1918 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper. 

Born: 14th August 1879, New York, U.S.A.

Died: 23rd April 1918; age: 38; KiA – H.M.S. ‘North Star’ – had nearly completed his 22 years in the Navy.

Residence: 20, Black Horse Lane, Ipswich.

Enlistment Details: Location: Chatham; Date: 22nd February 1898 – signed up for 12 years; Occupation: Tiler. Height on joining: 5ft 3 1/2. height in 1910: 5ft 5 3/4. Fresh complexion, hazel eyes, dark brown hair. Next of Kin: Maud Elizabeth Wilson.

 

Service:

Pembroke II – Stoker 2nd Class – 22nd February 1898 – 9th January 1899

Repluse – Stoker 2nd Class – 10th January 1899

Repluse – Stoker – 20th March 1899 – 2nd July 1901

Pembroke – Stoker – 3rd July 1901 – 16th September 1901

Illustrious – Stoker – 17th September 1901 – 20th June 1904

Pembroke II – Stoker – 21st June 1904

Pembroke II – Leading Stoker 2nd Class – 10th September 1905

Pembroke II – Stoker Petty Officer 2nd Class – 1st July 1906 – 11th January 1907

Sapphire II – Stoker Petty Officer 2nd Class – 12th January 1907 – 30th April 1907

Blenheim Stoker Petty Officer 2nd Class – 1st May 1907 – 16th September 1907

Pembroke II – Stoker Petty Officer 2nd Class – 17th September 1907 – 4th October 1907

Swiftsure – Stoker Petty Officer 2nd Class – 5th October 1907

Swiftsure – Stoker Petty Officer – 8th May 1908 – 6th October 1908

Pembroke II – Stoker Petty Officer – 7th October 1908 – 8th September 1910

Astraea – Stoker Petty Officer – 9th September 1910 – 28th June 1912

Pembroke II – Stoker Petty Officer – 29th June 1912 – 9th August 1912

King Edward – Stoker Petty Officer – 10th August 1912

King Edward – Chief Stoker – 1st October 1915 – 6th January 1916

Pembroke II – Chief Stoker – 7th January 1916 – 23rd February 1916

Vivid II – Chief Stoker – 24th February 1916 – 30th April 1916

Royal Oak – Chief Stoker – 1st May 1916 – 14th August 1916

Pembroke II – Chief Stoker – 15th August 1916 – 31st January 1917

Dido (North Star) – Chief Stoker – 1st May 1917 – 31st may 1917

Attentive (North Star) – Chief Stoker – 1st June 1917

Attentive (North Star) – Chief Stoker – 30th September 1917 – 23rd April 1918.

Character – Very Good.

 

Rank: Chief Stoker; Service Number: 287554

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘ North Star.’

 

Mentioned in Despatches – 23rd July 1918.

 

Grave Reference:

IV.A.9A.

Les Baraques Military Cemetery,

Sangatte,

Pas de Calais,

France.

 

CENSUS

 

1891   Plas Tirion Lodge, Llanrug, Caernarfonshire, Wales.

 

Albert was 12 years old and living with his uncle & aunt & cousins.

Lewis Griffith, 78, a retired General Labourer, born Llandehlio, Caernarfonshire, Wales.

Elizabeth Griffith, 72, born Llangion, Caernarfonshire.

Margaret Griffith, 26, born Anglsey, Holyhead.

William Griffith, 3, born Llanrug.

 

1901   Gibraltar

 

Albert was 21 years old, he was ranked a Stoker and member of the crew on board H.M.S. ‘Repulse’

 

1911   Senior Naval Offices, Buoy, Shanghai, China.

 

Albert was 31 years old, he was ranked a Stoker Petty Officer and member of the crew on board H.M.S.’Astraea.’ Captain – Edward B. Kinddle. 241 men on board, 58 not on board.

 

On the 1911 census, Albert’s wife and young son were living at their 2 roomed family home – 3, Blackhorse Square, Ipswich.

Maude, 23.

Albert, under 1 month.

and Maude’s sister Frances Lizzie Warren, 19, a Corset Hand Trimmer – Corset Factory, born Denford, Northamptonshire.

 

In 1916, Ipswich, Albert married Maude Elizabeth Warren, born 1888, Seabrook, Kent. They had 3 children:

Albert Charles Wilson, born 1911, Ipswich.

Alice M. Wilson, born 1916, Ipswich.

Robert John B. Wilson, born January 1919, Ipswich.

H.M.S. ‘ North Star.’

Zeebrugge raid

The destroyer took part in the Zeebrugge raid in April 1918 and was assigned as an escort ship, along with HMS Phoebe to guard HMS Vindictive. She was subsequently sunk on 23 April 1918 by German shore batteries off Zeebrugge harbour, during the raid. According the official British Admiralty Statement on the Zeebrugge Raid, North Star lost her way in the smoke of the raid and emerged into the light of star-shells, whereupon she was sunk by coastal batteries. Attempts were made to tow her out of danger before she sank, most of the crew were able to transfer to HMS Phoebe.

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