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Albert George Apps (Ch) K 16660, Leading Stoker.

Albert was born on 27th January 1893 in Maidstone, Kent to Horace and Bertha, one of eight children in the family and baptised on 12th March of the same year.

In 1911, on the census Albert was aged 18 and worked as a Farm Milkman, living at home with his parents and 4 of his siblings, at Loose Hill, Maidstone.

He joined the Navy on 21st October 1912, for 12 years service noted as 5'11" tall, with light brown hair and hazel eyes, spending 5 months at HMS PEMBROKE II training as a Stoker 2nd Class.

He joined his only ship, HMS VANGUARD, on 14th March 1913 still at the same rating but rose to Stoker 1st Class four months later. He became an Acting Leading Stoker on 27th April 1916, just before the Battle of Jutland, and rose in rating again on 27th October 1916 to Leading Stoker. His conduct throughout his service was very good, and he rose again in rating to Acting Stoker Petty Officer on 2nd May 1917.

He was killed aged 24 - his pension awarded to his mother.

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1901 & 1911 England Census

Kent, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1914 Kent Archives Office; Maidstone, Kent, England; England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911

Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services, 1848-1939 National Archives Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services; Class: ADM 188; Piece: 900

British Army and Navy Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960 National Archives Admiralty: Naval Casualties, Indexes, War Grave Rolls and Statistics Book, First World War.; Class: ADM 242; Piece: Piece 007; Piece Description: Piece 007 (1914 - 1919)

British Army and Navy Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960 National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Admiralty and predecessors: Office of the Director General of the Medical Department of the Navy and predecessors: Service Registers and Registers of Deaths and Injuries. Registers of Reports of Deaths

CWGC Register

Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919 TNA Series: ADM 242/7; Scan Number: 0095

WWI Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923 Western Front Association; London, England; Pension Record Cards; Reference: 006/0022/APP-ARC

Maidstone Archives

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