Born: 1898, Walton, Suffolk.
Died: 30th December 1917; age: 19; Drowned.(HMT Aragon)
Employed: Messrs. W. and A.J. Turner Ltd., Princes Street, Ipswich.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 3rd December 1914 – France.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 3/8737.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st/5th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
1901 4, Adelaide Cottage, Maidstone Road, Walton, Suffolk.
Harry was 3 years old and living with his mother & siblings.
Annie Sophia Stevenson (nee Pulham), 31, a Soldier’s Wife, born Finningham, Suffolk.
George Frederick V. Stevenson, 4, born Walton.
Rosina Victoria O. Stevenson, 1, born Walton.
1911 5, Britannia Road, Ipswich.
Harry was 13 years old, a Father’s Help. He was living with his parents, siblings & his widowed, maternal grandmother.
George Samuel Stevenson, 43, a Dealer in Rags & Bones – own account, born Kirton, Suffolk.
George, 14, a Dairyman.
Lydia Pulham, 67, born Charsfield, Suffolk.
Harry is also remembered on St. John the Baptist church Ipswich WW1 Memorial.
Troops bound for Palestine arrived at Alexandria, Egypt, on board the troop ship SS. Argon on December 30th, 1917, the ship was permitted to enter the harbour, but later was ordered back out to sea again. She anchored 8 miles outside the harbour without any protection from submarine attack, for which she was an easy target. The Aragon was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine UC-34.
H.M.S Attack and The armed trawler HMT “Points Castle” came to the rescue. H.M.S Attack drew right alongside Aragon to take survivors aboard, H.M.S Attack was crowded with 300 to 400 survivors, 20 minutes after being hit the Aragon went down. A torpedo then struck HMS Attack amidships cutting her into two pieces. It is estimated that the SS Aragon had lost 600 men in the incident and H.M.S Attack lost 10 crew. Two Ipswich men were lost.
Suffolk Regiment, 1st/5th Battalion