HENRY METCALF

Images and information courtesy of Wendy Sadler

image from 1917 Chronicle newspaper

KIFF

Born: 18th May 1898, Cromer, Norfolk.

Died: 9th July 1917; age 19; Killed by internal explosion of vessel at Scapa Flow.

Residence: 50, Rendlesham Road, Ipswich.

Employed: at Messrs. Jackson Bros., Ipswich.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: CH/20588; H.M.S. ‘Vanguard’.

Enlistment details: 5′ 7″, had dark brown hair, grey eyes and a dark complexion. a tattoo of an anchor on his left forearm. His trade when he left school was a butcher, before he enlisted.

 

Memorial Reference:

Chatham Naval Memorial,

Chatham,

Kent.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of James Burrell Metcalf & Esther Robertson Metcalf, of 50, Rendlesham Road, Ipswich.

 

CENSUS

 

1901   West Street, Cromer, Norfolk.

 

Henry was 2 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

James Burrell Metcalf, a Grocer’s Shopkeeper, born King’s Lynn, Norfolk.

Ester Robertson Metcalf (nee Fielding), 35, born Hindringham, Suffolk.

Thomas James Metcalf, 12, born King’s Lynn.

Leonard Fielding Metcalf, 9, born King’s Lynn.

Cyril George Metcalf, 8, born King’s Lynn.

Muriel Bessie Metcalf, 6, born Cromer.

 

1911   54, Rendlesham Road, Ipswich.

 

Henry was 12 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

James, 51, a Grocer’s Assistant.

Esther, 45.

Leonard, 19, a Fishmonger’s Assistant.

Muriel, 16, a Domestic Servant.

H.M.S. ‘Vanguard’.

Ipswich men lost on the Vanguard:

Arthur Palmer Athroll
Able Seaman
Age 21


John William Warne
Petty Officer
age 36


William Henry Warne
Boy 1st Class
age 17

Family note:

Henry Metcalf was my Great Uncle – my Grandmother’s younger brother

We have visited Scapa Flow twice on the anniversaries of the sinking of HMS Vanguard and hope to be going to the Centenary commemorations this year.

I would love to hear from anyone that knows any more about my Great Uncle who was fondly known as ‘Kif’ by all his relations.

mailto:paula-smith@virginmedia.com

Centenary commemorations

It was attended by 40 descendants of the Vanguard crew, along with the civil diving team that carried out exclusive surveying of the wreckage, as well as taking some amazing photos and videos.
We were also supported by local historians who have done an amazing job tracing many descendants as well as helping to organise the event along side the Royal Navy, RNLI, the Navy Chaplain, Orkney Council and some crew members of the current HMS Submarine that carries the Vanguard name, who provided an outstanding honorary guard the whole weekend.
The service included a laying of personal wreaths at the Vanguard Buoy in Scapa Flow, then a visit to the War Cemetery on Hoy island.
It finished with an emotional night time service in St Magnus Cathedral at exactly the same time the explosion occurred on the Battleship -11:20pm.  A 2 minute silence was observed, and then the descendants were given the opportunity to view the Book of Commemoration and the Ensign flag that has been attached to the Vanguard, underwater, since 2009.
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