Photograph courtesy of Susan Claydon


Born: 9th May 1892, Trimley St. Martin, Suffolk.

Died: 1st March 1916; age 24; KiA with submarine in the Mediterranean. Served 9 years.


Rank: Leading Seaman; Service Number: J/905 (Ch)

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Primula.’


Memorial Reference:

Chatham Naval Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr. & Mrs. Minter, of 82, Schreiber Road, Ipswich; husband of Florence Annie Minter, of 28, Cavendish Street, Ipswich.





1901   21, Parliament Road, Ipswich.


Arthur was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Frederick Minter, 32, a Bricklayer’s Labourer, born Stadbroke, Suffolk.

Ellen Minter (nee Jennings), 31, born Nacton, Suffolk.

Ellen Sarah Minter, 7, born Trimley St. Martin, Suffolk.

George Frederick Minter, 5, born Trimley St. Martin.

William Thomas Minter, 4, born Ipswich.


1911   Kingston Harbour, Jamaica, West Indies.



Arthur was 18 years old, an Able Seaman, on board H.M.S. ‘Scylla’ a 2nd Class Protected Cruiser – Commander Bertram Sackville Thesinger.

In 1915, Ipswich, Arthur married Florence Annie Crane, born March 1894, Ipswich – daughter of Arthur Robert Crane, a blacksmith, and Ann Crane (nee Hewitt), of 27, Cavendish Street, Ipswich.

(Image courtesy of Tracy.)




The Minter family whose home is at 82, Schreiber Road Ipswich, is a burly, fighting family. The father, F. Minter, who is 42 years of age, is serving in France with the Royal Engineers. The names of the sons are:- 1. Arthur Henry Minter, leading seaman, lost on active service in the Mediterranean on March 1st last. Had seen nine years’ service. 2. Prvt. George Frederick Minter, 1st Norfolk Regiment, now in France. 3. William Thomas Minter, 3rd E.A. Howitzer Brigade, R.F.A. (T.T. 4. Walter Frederick Minter, aged 14 in the Scouts.

H.M.S. ‘Primula’

H.M.S. ‘Primula’ was an Arabis (Flower) class sloop/minesweeper. Whilst on patrol in the Mediterranean she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-35(Lothar van Arnauld de la Periere) near Cerigo Island. 4 persons were lost.

Submarine U-35 fired four torpedoes at Minesweeper HMS Primula the first torpedo hitting the bow the second and third missing at that point the captain spotting the U-boat put the ship in reverse and attempted to ram the submarine. The forth torpedo hit sinking HMS Primula.

Arthur is also remembered on St. John the Baptist memorial Ipswich.

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