Born: 19th August 1883, Camberwell, Surrey.

Died: 31st May 1916; age 33; at the Battle of Jutland.

Enlistment Details: 19th August 1903 – signed up for 12 years; Occupation: Errand Boy. Scar on right forearm. A H M & 9 dots tattooed on left arm. Height: 5ft 1 1/2ins, fresh complexion, brown eyes & black hair.




Boscawen   B2C   28th May 1901

Boscawen   B1C   13th March 1902 – 2nd May 1902

Minotaur   B1C   3rd May 1902 – 16th December 1902

Agincourt   B1C   17th December 1902 – 15th January 1903

Prince George   B1C   16th January 1903

Prince George   Ord   19th August 1903 – 14th July 1904

Majestic   Ord   15th July 1904

Majestic   Able   20th March 1905 – 1st October 1906

Excellent   Able   2nd October 1906 – 9th March 1907

Victory   Able   10th March 1907 – 29th April 1907

Essex   Able   30th April 1907 – 22nd August 1909

Exmouth   Able   23rd August 1909 – 5th June 1911

Excellent   Able   6th June 1911 – 4th December 1911

Terrible   Able   5th December 1911 – 27th April 1912

Black Prince   Able   28th April 1912 – 31st May 1916.

Character – Very Good.


Rank: Able Seaman; Service Number: 214552(Po),

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Black Prince’.


Memorial Reference:


Portsmouth Naval Memorial,





Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Walter Henry & Charlotte J. Meears, of 11, Salem Street, Ipswich.




1891   1, Newlands Park, Camberwell, Surrey.


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

Walter Henry Meears, 35, a Stationer & Bookseller – own account, born Newington, Surrey.

Charlotte Jean Meears (nee Hembrow), 28, born Camberwell, Surrey.

Mabel Emily Meears, 6, born Camberwell.

Horace Hembrow Meears, 5, born Camberwell.

Evelyn Emily Meears, 3, born Camberwell.


1901   25, Prout Road, Hackney.


Alfred was 17 years old, a Shop Boy. He was a visitor to 55 year old, widow, Sarah Reed, a Charwomen.


1911   Malta.


Alfred was 25 years old, an Able Bodied Seaman in the Royal Navy. His religion was CofE. He was serving on board H.M.S. ‘Exmouth’ a 1st class Battleship, Captained by Stuart Nicholson, M.V.O. R.N.


Alfred and his brother, Horace attended Sandford Row School, Southwark, entered 8th February 1895, their father Walter registered the boys who had previously attended, St. Paul’s School. The family address: 90, Liverpool Street.


Probate to Walter Meears – retired stationer. Alfred is also remembered on St. Matthew’s Church memorial.



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