Born: 6th March 1884, Billericay, Essex.

Died: 22nd September 1914; age 30; KiA with submarine in the North Sea.


Enlistment Details: Location: Chatham; Occupation: Labourer. Signed up for 12 years – 6th March 1902. Height: 5ft 5ins – height at 18 years – 5ft 6 ins, fresh complexion, brown eyes & brown hair. Red spot on back of neck.


Rank: Petty Officer; Service Number: 215836(ch)

Regiment: H.M.S. ‘Hogue’ Royal Navy.


Memorial Reference:


Chatham Naval Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Hordle Street, Harwich, Essex.




1891   Dunmow Lane, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire.


Rueben was 7 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Edward May Sewell, Dealer & Traveller, 55, born Halstead, Essex.

Harriet Sarah Sewell, 37, born Haverhill, Suffolk.

Maud D. Sewell, 16, born Romford, Essex.

Arthur S. W. Sewell, 14, born Essex.

Bertie Charles Sewell, 13, born Romford, Essex.

Rhoda Susannah Sewell, 10, born Romford, Essex.

Mark Luke Sewell, 8, born Billericay, Essex.

Benjamin Leonard Sewell, 5, born Vange, Essex.

Decimus Reginald Sewell, 8 months, born Syleham, Suffolk.


1901   24, Gibbons Street, Ipswich.


Rueben was 17 years old, a Worker – Iron Foundry. He was living with his parents & brothers.

Edward, 65, a Traveller in Patent Goods – own account.

Harriet, 47.

Mark, 18, a Milliner’s Light Porter.

Benjamin, 15, a Butcher.

Lionel Isaac Sewell, 13, a Worker at Toy Shop, born Waldringfield, Suffolk.

Decimus, 10.

Claude Frederick Sewell, 6, born Beaumont, Essex.


Rueben’s father changed his name to Edward May Sewell from Percy May Sewell after a bigamy case at the Old Bailey, 1871.

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