picture from C Baker


Born: 16th November 1881, Ipswich.

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


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

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


Grave Memorial:


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 St. Clement’s Congregational Church WW1 Memorial

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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