image from 1917 Chronicle newspaper
Born: 10th August 1896, Ipswich.
Died: 9th July 1917; age 21; Killed by internal explosion of vessel at Scapa Flow. Served 5 years.
Residence: 55, Kemball Street, Ipswich.
Rank: Able Seaman; Service Number: J.17242 (Ch)
Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Vanguard’.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Benjamin & Harriet Athroll, of 54, Kemball Street, Ipswich.
1901 4, Grimwade Cottages, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.
Arthur was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Benjamin Athroll, 36, a Roadman Labourer, born Playford, Suffolk.
Harriet Athroll (nee Palmer), 42, born Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
George Herbert Athroll, 12, born Rushmere, Suffolk.
Alfred John Athroll, 9, born Ipswich.
Lily Marian Athroll, 9, born Rushmere.
Winifred Polly Athroll, 7, born Ipswich.
Ernest William Athroll, 1, born Ipswich.
1911 55, Kemball Street, Ipswich.
Arthur was 14 years old, a Grocer’s Van Boy. He was living with his parents & siblings.
Benjamin, 47, a Roadman Labourer – Borough Council.
Lily, 19, a General Upholsteress.
Winifred, 17, a Dress & Mantle Maker.
Frances Hussleton Athroll, 5, born Ipswich.
Ipswich men lost on the Vanguard:
John William Warne
William Henry Warne
Boy 1st Class
Images and information courtesy of Wendy Sadler
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.
It finished with an emotional night time service in St Magnus Cathedral at exactly the same time the explosion occurred on the Battleship -11:20pm. A 2 minute silence was observed, and then the descendants were given the opportunity to view the Book of Commemoration and the Ensign flag that has been attached to the Vanguard, underwater, since 2009.