Image and information courtesy of Wendy Sadler

image from 1917 Chronicle newspaper


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,




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




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’.

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.



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