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Re: Explosion on HMS Albacore. Chatham, 6 May 1914
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2015, 17:36:32 »
As alkhamhills has pointed out, the correct date is 6 April 1914. Somehow I got April and May mixed up. Sorry, brain fade.

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Re: Explosion on HMS Albacore. Chatham, 6 May 1914
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2015, 09:21:11 »
HMS Albacore was commissioned into the Navy in 1909 with her sister ship HMS Bonetta. They had been built by Palmers of Jarrow, speculatively, and were classed as B Class Destroyers, only 220ft long and of 415 tons with a crew of just 56.
In 1917 she was badly damaged after hitting a mine of Kirkwall and 17 of her crew were lost. She was scrapped in 1919.

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Re: Explosion on HMS Albacore. Chatham, 6 May 1914
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2015, 21:44:45 »
Reginald A James
Born 20.12.1881 Seaham Harbour.
Note his No was 299782

In 1911 he was a Leading stoker at Chatham  HMS Pembroke 11

See his Naval service Record.
Shows he died 6.april 1914. Killed by bursting of a Boiler Tube on board HMS Albacore at Chatham

Seems he had 3 lots of Cells punishment

So it would appear all 3 men died same dayŚ6 April 1914. Looks as though R James died instantly and the other 2 later in hospital.

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Re: Explosion on HMS Albacore. Chatham, 6 May 1914
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2015, 20:19:32 »
Walter William Hewitt
Born 10.2.1894, Battersea.

See his Naval Service Record
Died 6 April 1914 at Chatham Hospital, from severe burns due to an explosion of a Boiler tube on HMS Albacore.

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Re: Explosion on HMS Albacore. Chatham, 6 May 1914
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2015, 20:07:21 »
George Ballard
Born 12.31879, Deptford, Kent


In 1911, he was a Leading Stoker on HMS Patrol (Pathfinder class scout cruiser) at Harwich

See his Naval Record
He died 6.April 1914 at Chatham Hospital from burns due to (xxxx?) of boiler tubes on Albercore.

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Explosion on HMS Albacore. Chatham, 6 May 1914
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2015, 18:18:21 »
The Secretary of the Admiralty  regrets to state that as a result of the bursting of a boiler tube in His Majesty's Ship Albacore, at Chatham, today, the following casualties have occurred.

Killed.
Reginald James, Stoker, official number Chatham 2991874.

Died subsequently from burns.
George Ballard, Stoker Petty Officer.
Walter William Hewit, Stoker 2nd Class.
Both of Chatham Division.


HMS Albacore was a destroyer, and the explosion occurred in the Medway rather than Chatham Dockyard itself.

 

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