Here are Judy's notes from her investigations as part of the U3A's Battle of Jutland project:

When I researched the names on Saint Andrews Church WW1 War memorial for the Battle of Jutland I could only account for two out of the five sailors who was born in this area.

William John Ellis HMS Ardent

Born 27th November 1894 in Havant.

His mother was Flora Eames. I cannot find a marriage certificate for her, and she is down as being single on all of the censuses I have found her on. It names William’s father as being John Ellis of 43 Fratton Grove Southsea, on notification of death.

1901 with his grandmother Hannah Eames William lived at Stake Hill Road Where the family are down as shepherds whilst his mother is working as a domestic servant in Portsmouth

1911 he is living at 4 Hop Gardens Waterlooville and is a garden boy

In Jan 1915 his mother died and on the 6th November that year he joined the Royal Navy

William was put down on his navel records as being 5ft 3ich Dark hair, blue eyed and he was a milkman. William served on HMS Ardent and died in action at the battle of Jutland 1st June 1916


Ernest Arthur Price HMS Black Prince

Was born in Farlington in 1897 to a Thomas Joseph Price (a chimney sweep) and Emma Price

He was one of thirteen children

They all lived at 5 Sydney Cottage London Road Waterlooville

Ernest was a paper boy before he signed up 25th February 1914 for twelve years

His first ship was the Impregnable and he got killed in action 31st May 1916 whilst serving on the Black Prince


Albert Victor Davis HMS Invincible Royal Marine Light Infantry

 is remembered on the Drayton and Farlington War Memorial

He was born in 1882 at the Isle of Wight The son of Joseph John Davis and Mary Ann Davis

His parents both originally came from Marlborough.

His father was a shepherd so he moved around quite a bit

On the 1901 census the whole family lived in Arreton I.O.W Albert along with four sisters and two brothers

In the 1901 census the family were living in Cathrington

In the 1911 He was living in Easton near Winchester and his job states he is a jobbing gardener domestic

He joined up in the Royal Marine Light Infantry in

He lost his life when he was serving on HMS Invincible 31st May 1916

His Parents lived at “Wellington Cottage “Drayton Portsmouth

I cannot find any reference of him living there apart from perhaps visiting his parents 


Albert Winter Reed HMS Invincible Petty officer

Was born St Helier Jersey 29/9/1886

He married Emily Ann Rumbold who was born in Farlington to a Charles J Rumbold and Emily Rumblod (nee Haughton) .Both the Rumblod and Haughton’s worked on the railway

I found Emily Ann working at Cranmere house Havant Road as a servant in the 1911 census and she married 1n the year 1915 .I found her living at the time of her husband’s death on board H.M.S Invincible at 5 Havant road .I could find no more about her so would welcome any information


William Plank 1st class Shipwright

Was born in 1879 Enham Andover ,and  was educated at a school in Waterlooville  On the 1/6/1909 at the R.C Cathedral of St John the Evangelist Portsmouth he married Lillie  Winifred nee Miles whose father was a game keeper at Hambledon Hampshire

He died on the 1st of June 1916 whilst on board HMS Tipperary .He left a wife and two children Vincent Edward aged five and Beroe Winifred aged three. They lived at 29 Windsor Road Cosham His wife did not remarry and died 1973


William Herbert Viney HMS Queen Mary Able seaman,

Most of the Viney family were born and bred in Portsea.and William was the eldest born in 1891

He married Kate Elizabeth. I cannot find any evidence as to  why they lived at 2 Clarendon Cottages Drayton Lane after the 1911 census  .His parents were living at 13 Seafield Avenue Copnor on the 1911 census and his wife’s parents had a ?shoe shop 330 Commercial Road Portsmouth

I think his wife remarried in Portsmouth in 1927 and his Daughter Bessie in Portsmouth 1933


William Hodges Crook Hicks

He is on the Farlington and Drayton War memorial but again I cannot find a connection

He was born 11th August 1878 in Andoversford Gloucestershire His farther was William H Hicks who was a veterinary surgeon and his mother was Agnes Hicks who died in 1879.I have followed him through on the census .I found he married a Elizabeth Jane Barnett in 1905 in the district of Portsmouth although the 1911 census show him as being single .On his death it listed him as his wife Elizabeth Jane Hicks and living at “Montrose” Drayton Lane near Cosham. I cannot find any offspring or what happened to his wife.