ALFRED THORNTON

Alfred Thornton

Photographs courtesy of Glenda Thornton

 

Born: 12th October 1886, Marylebone, London.

Baptised: 19th October 1886, St. Mark’s, St. John’s Wood, Westminster. Address: 8, Swinbrook Road. Parents: Elizabeth & William Thornton – Labourer.

Died: 22nd August 1916; age 29; Killed in loss of vessel in the North Sea. Body not recovered for burial.

Residence: ‘Prospect Bungalow’ Brittania Road, St. James, Ipswich.

Occupation: a Labourer.

Enlistment Location: Chatham, Kent. Signed up for 12 years – 12th October 1904. Height: 5ft 3ins, fresh complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. Height at aged 18 years old – 5ft 5ins.

 

Service:

Northampton – Boy 2nd Class – 13th September 1903 – 20th December 1903

Calliope – Boy 2nd Class – 21st December 1903

Calliope – Boy 1st Class – 23rd December 1903 – 22nd March 1904

Pembroke I – Boy 1st Class – 23rd March 1904 – 18th April 1904

Grafton – Boy 1st Class – 19th April 1904

Grafton – Ordinary Seaman – 12th October 1904 – 4th November 1904

Bonaventure – Ordinary Seaman – 5th November 1904

Bonaventure – Able Seaman – 20th October 1905 – 7th May 1906

Pembroke I – Able Seaman – 8th May 1906 – 24th August 1906

Actaeon – Able Seaman – 25th August 1906 – 19th October 1906

Pembroke I – Able Seaman – 20th October 1906 – 21st February 1907

Leander – Able Seaman – 22nd February 1907 – 26th June 1907

Blake – Able Seaman – 27th June 1907 – 5th November 1907

Pembroke – Able Seaman – 6th November 1907 – 17th November 1907

Dido – Able Seaman – 18th November 1907 – 21st September 1908

Minerva – Able Seaman – 22nd September 1908 – 17th October 1910

Pembroke I – Able Seaman – 18th October 1910 – 25th November 1910

Vernon – Able Seaman – 26th November 1910 – 24th April 1911

Pembroke I – Able Seaman – 25th April 1911 – 2nd August 1911

Andromarche – Able Seaman – 3rd August 1911 – 19th June 1912

Pembroke I – Able Seaman – 20th June 1912 – 25th June 1912

Thames – Able Seaman – 26th June 1912 – 14th October 1912

Bonaventure – Able Seaman – 15th October 1912

Bonadventure – Leading Seaman – 1st July 1913 – 1st February 1916

Dolphin – Leading Seaman – 2nd February 1916 – 14th February 1916

Maidstone – Leading Seaman – 15th February 1916 – 22nd August 1916.

 

Rank: Leading Seaman; Service Number: 228151

Regiment: Royal Navy – H.M.S. E16.ALFRED THORNTON 4

 

Medals Awarded: Messina Medal.

 

Memorial Reference;

Panel 15.

Chatham Naval Memorial,

Kent.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of the late William & Elizabeth Thornton of Notting Hill, London; Husband of Violet E. Thornton, of 4, Nacton Crescent, Nacton Road, Ipswich.

 

CENSUS

 

1891   51, Rackham Street, Kensington, Middlesex.

 

Alfred was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William Thornton, 42, a Labourer, born Paddington, Middlesex.

Elizabeth Thornton, 41, born Marylebone, Middlesex.

Sarah Thornton, 13, born Paddington, Middlesex.

Charles Thornton, 11, born Marylebone.

Louisa Thornton, 9, born Kensington.

Georgina Thornton, 7, born Kensington.

Amy Thornton, 2, born Kensington.

 

1901   37, Southam Street, Kensington, Middlesex.

 

Alfred was 14 years old, an Errand Boy. He was living with his parents & siblings.

William, 52, a Painter’s Labourer.

Elizabeth, 51.

Amy, 12.

Henry Thornton, 9, born Kensington.

 

1911   Fountain Lake, Portsmouth, Hampshire.

 

Alfred was 24 years old, an Able Seaman in the Royal Navy. He was on board ‘Vernon’, Torpedo School Ship.

 

On the 17th December 1914, Sunderland, Durham, Alfred married Violet Emma Spalding, born October 1887, Pulham St. Mary, Norfolk.

They had 1 son:

Alfred Thomas Thornton, born February 1916, Ipswich.

 

H.M.S. E16. Submarine sailed from Harwich on 18th August 1916. Her sister submarine E38 sighted E16. 35 miles east of Great Yarmouth. E38 on the 22nd August sighted a group of enemy warships. Splashes were seen on the surface and reports from German craft that they had engaged a submarine, after seeing a periscope. The wreck of E.16 was found in 2001 by a German diver Rolf Schuett at Heligoland Bight near Terschelling Island Holland, where a large hole was found, indicating a mine or torpedo strike. The Submarine had a crew of 31, all perished.

 

‘VERNON’

H.M.S. E16.

H.M.S. E16.

 

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