Photograph courtesy of C Baker.


Born: 16th November 1881, Ipswich.

Died: 22nd September 1914; age 32; KiA with submarine in North Sea.

Residence: 6, Samuel Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: a Postman for the Ipswich Post Office.

Enlistment Location: Chatham. On the 16th November 1900 – signed up for 12 years. Height on enlistment: 5ft 5ins – at 18 years old: 5ft 6ins, fresh complexion, brown eyes & brown hair.



Impregnable – Boy 2nd Class – 18th August 1898

Impregnable – Boy 1st Class – 25th May 1899 – 13th December 1899

Agincourt – Boy 1st Class – 14th December 1899 – 3rd February 1900

Majestic – Boy 1st Class – 4th February 1900

Majestic – Ordinary Seaman – 16th November – 1900

Majestic – Able Seaman – 14th November 1901 – 12th December 1901

Pembroke – Able Seaman – 13th December 1901 – 2nd September 1902

Wildfire – Able Seaman – 3rd September 1902 – 15th July 1903

Pembroke – Able Seaman – 16th July 1903 – 24th February 1904

Astrea – Able Seaman – 25th February 1904 – 19th September 1906

Terrible – Able Seaman – 20th September 1906 – 16th November 1906

Pembroke – Able Seaman – 17th November 1906 – 8th January 1907

Wildfire – Able Seaman – 9th January 1907 – 15th February 1907

Pembroke – Able Seaman – 16th February 1907 – 4th April 1907

Cochrane – Able Seaman – 5th April 1907 – 31st March 1909

Berwick – Able Seaman – 1st April 1909 – 15th May 1911

Pembroke I – Able Seaman – 16th May 1911 – 14th March 1912

Glory – Able Seaman – 15th March 1912 – 1st September 1912

Cressy – Able Seaman – 2nd September 1912 – 13th November 1912

Pembroke I – Able Seaman – 14th November 1912


Joined the Royal Fleet Reserve – 23rd November 1912.


Aboukir – Able Seaman – 2nd August 1914 – 22nd September 1914.


Character – Very Good.


Rank: Able Seaman; Service Number: 200552(R.F.R., Ch.B.9185) (Ch)

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


Memorial Reference:


Chatham Naval Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Charles & Diana Garrod, 6, Samuel Road, Ipswich.




1891   13, Wells Street, Ipswich.


Charles was 9 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Charles Garrod, 31, a Sail Maker, born Ipswich.

Diana Garrod (nee Weatherson), 29, born Waldringfield, Suffolk.

Sidney James Garrod, 9, born Ipswich.

Gertrude Diana Garrod, 6, born Ipswich.

Edith Kate Garrod, 1, born Ipswich.


1901   Gibralter


Charles was 18 years old, an Ordinary Seaman in the Royal Navy on board ‘Majestic’ a Battleship 1st Class, a Channel Squadron. Captain – George le C. Egeslow CB.


1911   Gibralter


Charles was 28 years old, an Able Seaman in the Royal Navy on board ‘Berwick’ a First Class Armoured Cruiser, a Fourth Cruiser Squadron – with 484 men on board. Captain – Hugh Thomas Hibbert. Charles was CofE.


Charles’s mother Diana Garrod died 1914, Ipswich.


Charles is also remembered on the war memorial at the Royal Mail Centre, Commercial Road, Ipswich and at St. Clement’s Congregational Church, Ipswich.

post office

22nd September 1914
The three ships Cressy Abourkir and the Hogue were on patrol without an escort seeking shelter from bad weather off Ostend steaming 2,000 yards apart at 10 nots. German U-boat U-9 commanded by Kapitanleutnant Otto Weddigen spotted the ships and lined up for an attack U-9 fired one torpedo at 06:20 at Aboukir which struck her on the starboard side. She began listing and capsized around 06:55,
Hogue was struck by two torpedoes around 06:55 and capsized ten minutes after being torpedoed and sank at 07:15.HMS Cressy had spotted U-9 attempted to ram the submarine.U-9 fired two torpedoes from its stern tubes on making an escape from Cressy, but only one hit. U-9 had to manoeuvre to bring her bow around with her last torpedo and fired it at a range of about 550 yards at 07:30. The torpedo struck on the port side and ruptured several boilers, scalding to death the men in the compartment. HMS Cressy took on a heavy list and then capsized, sinking at 07:55. At 08:30 Small fishing craft Dutch and British trawlers picked up survivors 837 men were rescued and 62 officers. From the three ships it is estimated 1,397 enlisted men were lost, 560 of those lost were from HMS Cressy.
Ipswich men lost:

Robert Abbott
H.M.S Cressy
Able Seaman age 29
Alfred Edward Barber
H.M.S. ‘Aboukir’
Able Seaman age 32
Charles Valentine Garrod
H.M.S. ‘Aboukir’
Able Seaman age 32
Reuben John Sewell
H.M.S. ‘Hogue’
Petty Officer age 30
Charles Alfred Larking
H.M.S. ‘Cressy’
Able Seaman age 33

H.M.S. ‘Aboukir’


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