WILLIAM GEORGE HENRY WESTLAKE

William is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.

 

Born: 27th February 1887, Devonport, Devon.

Died: 31st May 1916; age 29; KiA at the Battle of Jutland.

Occupation: Builder’s Labourer.

Enlistment Location: Devonport. Signed up for 12 years on the 27th February 1905. Height: 5ft 4 1/2ins on joining – 5ft 6in at 18 years old, fair complexion, grey eyes & light brown hair. Tattoo: anchor – right forearm & several dots – left forearm.

 

Service:

Pembroke I – Boy 2nd Class – 21st September 1904 – 28th October 1904

Northampton – Boy 2nd Class – 29th October 1904 – 12th November 1904

Hawke – Boy 2nd Class – 13th November 1904

Hawke – Boy 1st Class – 22nd January 1905

Hawke – Ordinary Seaman – 22nd March 1905 – 30th April 1905

Vivid – Ordinary Seaman – 1st May 1905 – 22nd May 1905

Hannibal – Ordinary Seaman – 23rd May 1905 – 3rd August 1905

Vivid – Ordinary Seaman – 4th August 1905 – 6th September 1905

Eclipse – Ordinary Seaman – 7th September 1905 – 29th January 1906

Vivid I – Ordinary Seaman – 30th January 1906

Vivid I – Stoker 2nd Class – 8th February 1906 – 14th February 1906

Vivid I – Stoker 2nd Class – 15th February 1906 – 20th April 1906

Russell – Stoker 2nd Class – 21st April 1906

Russell – Stoker 1st Class – 7th February 1907 – 24th May 1907

Vivid II – Stoker 1st Class – 25th May 1907 – 8th July 1907

Leander – Stoker 1st Class – 9th July 1907 – 27th July 1907

Vivid II – Stoker 1st Class – 28th July 1907 – 6th September 1907

Victory II – Stoker 1st Class – 7th September 1907 – 30th September 1907

Vivid II – Stoker 1st Class – 1st October 1907 – 11th October 1907

Leander – Stoker 1st Class – 12th October 1907 – 23rd August 1910

Vivid II – Stoker 1st Class – 24th August 1910 – 4th November 1910

Indus – Stoker 1st Class – 5th November 1910

Indus – Leading Stoker – 16th February 1911 – 24th February 1911

Vivid II – Leading Stoker – 25th February 1911 – 28th April 1911

Hebe – Leading Stoker – 29th April 1911 – 15th November 1911

Pembroke II – Leading Stoker – 16th November 1911 – 1st February 1912

Pembroke II – Stoker Petty Officer – 1st May 1912 – 21st June 1912

Vivid II – Stoker Petty Officer – 22nd June 1912 – 10th August 1912

Impregnable – Stoker Petty Officer – 11th August 1912 – 1st September 1913

Defence – Stoker Petty Officer (I) – 2nd September – 31st May 1916.

 

Qualified to take charge of Stokehole when steaming – 14th May 1914

 

Rank: Petty Officer Stoker; Service Number: 232046.

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S.’Defence.’

 

Memorial Reference:

14.

Plymouth Naval Memorial,

Devon.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William & Amelia Westlake, of Devonport; husband of Rosalind A.M. Westlake, of 82, Spring Road, Ipswich.

Brother to ALFRED JOHN WESTLAKE.

 

CENSUS

 

1891   21, Barrack Street, St. John’s, Devonport, Devon.

 

William was 5 years old and living with his mother & siblings.

Alfred John Westlake, 2, born Devonport.

Amelia Wood Westlake (nee Andrews), 34, a Stoker’s wife – living on her own means, born Plymouth, Devon.

Beatrice Florence Anne Westlake, 11, born Devonport.

Amelia Elizabeth Westlake, 7, born Devonport.

Alfred John Westlake, 2, born Devonport.

 

1901   21, James Street, Devonport, Devon.

 

William was 15 years old, an Errand Boy. He was living with his parents, brother & cousin.

William Westlake, 44, a Shipwright’s Labourer, born Devonport, Devon.

Amelia, 45.

Alfred, 12.

Millie Lott, 8, born Devonport.

 

On the 11th May 1916, Ipswich, William married Rosalind Alice May Barrell, born 1894, Ipswich.

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