Born: 19th May 1890, Colchester, Essex.

Died: 15th October 1918; age 27; Drowned in accidental loss of vessel in the North Sea. H.M.S Submarine J6 was sunk in a friendly fire incident by the Q-Ship ‘Cymri’. Body not recovered for burial.

Enlistment Details: Date: 11th January 1909 – signed up for 12 years; Occupation: Mill Hand. Height: 5ft 8 7/10 ins, fresh complexion, hazel eyes, dark brown hair & scar on left chin.

Rank: Leading Stoker: K.1628(Po). Royal Navy.


Memorial Reference:IMG_6458


Portsmouth Naval Memorial,



Relatives Notified & Address: Widow: Mary Ellen Beattie (formerly Stevenson), of 19, Salisbury Street, Blyth, Northumberland.






1901   6, Union Court, Ipswich.


Percival was 11 years old and living with his mother & brothers.

Ruth Stevenson (nee King), 40, born Mersea, Essex.

Edmund Ewan Stevenson, 5, born Colchester, Essex.

Alexander John Stevenson, 3, born Colchester.

George Richard Stevenson, 1, born Ipswich.

Albert Guy Stevenson, 5 months, born Ipswich.


In 1901, Percival’s father was away from the family home at Royal Artillery Clarence Barracks, Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Edmond Stevenson, 36, a Gunner, born Poplar, London.


1911   East Indies


Percival was 20 years old, a Stoker 1st Class in the Royal Navy. He was 1 of 244 men on board H.M.S. ‘Philomel’ a Third Class Cruiser – Commander Norman L. Stanley.


H.M.S Submarine J6

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