BERTIE ALFRED PIPER

 

 

Born: 27th August 1892, Ipswich.

Died: 25th April 1918; age 26; KiA with submarine of the West Coast of Africa.

Residence: 48, Schreiber Road, Ipswich.

Enlistment Details: Location: Chatham; Date: 27th August 1910 – signed up for 12 years; Occupation: Van Boy. Height on joining – 5ft 4 ins, height at 18 years – 5ft 5 1/2 ins, fresh complexion, grey/blue eyes & dark brown hair.

 

Service:

Ganges – Boy 2nd Class – 19th September 1908

Ganges – Boy 1st Class – 20th April 1909 – 13th May 1909

Leviathan – Boy 1st Class – 14th May 1909 – 9th September 1909

Pembroke – Boy 1st Class – 10th September 1909 – 12th October 1909

Caesar – Boy 1st Class – 13th October 1909 – 31st March 1910

London – Boy 1st Class – 1st April 1910

London – Ordinary Seaman – 27th August 1910 – 2nd October 1910 – 3 days in the cells

London – Ordinary Seaman – 6th October 1910 – 4th March 1912

Africa – Ordinary Seaman – 5th March 1912 – 5th May 1913 – 14 days in the cells

Africa – Ordinary Seaman – 20th May 1913

Africa – Able Seaman – 14th August 1913 – 22nd April 1917

King Alfred – Able Seaman – 23rd April 1917 – 30th June 1917

Bacchante – Able Seaman – 1st July 1917 – 31st December 1917

Bombola – Able Seaman – 1st January 1918 – 25th April 1918.

 

Rank: Able Seaman; Service Number: J.2894(Ch)

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

 

Memorial Reference:

28.

Chatham Naval Memorial,

Kent.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Alfred W. & Annie M. Piper, of 48, Schreiber Road, Ipswich.

 

CENSUS

 

1901   38, William Street, Ipswich.

 

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

Alfred Piper, 38, a Baker, born Thurston, Suffolk.

Annie Maria Piper (nee Pilborough), 36, born Ipswich.

Annie Maud Piper, 12, born Ipswich.

Percy Henry Piper, 10, born Ipswich.

Harold Arthur Piper, 4, born Ipswich.

Grace Mabel Piper, 3, born Ipswich.

Cyril George Piper, 1, born Ipswich.

 

1911   Gibraltar

 

Bertie was 19 years old, an Ordinary Seaman on board ‘London’ a 1st Class Battleship, Atlantic Fleet. Captain – Hugh Francis Paget Sinclair. Bertie was 1 of the 712 men 7 boys on board. His religion was CofE.

 

Bertie is also remembered on the war memorial at St. John the Baptist Church, Ipswich.

 

H.M.S. ‘Bombala’

 

 

 

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