Elias Henry Dymock (Ch) 219605, Leading Seaman.


Elias was born in Hornsey, London on 28th April 1886 to parents Henry and Julia.

On the 1891 census, aged 3, Elias was the eldest of 3 children; the youngest, Lily, just 6 months old. His father Henry was a plumber and the family lived at 28 Palmerston Road in Islington.

He can’t be found on the 1901 census but joined the Navy on 5th February 1902 after leaving his labouring job. He was recorded being 5'8" tall, with fair hair and blue eyes and had a tattoo of an anchor with stars on his right forearm, a sailor tattoo on his left forearm and a scar on his thumb.

On joining, he was sent first to HMS Boscawen (a shore based establishment for training) on 05/02/1902 as a Boy 2nd Class, leaving 30/01/1903, as a Boy 1st Class.

The remainder of his service follows:

HMS MINOTAUR - 31/01/1903 - 07/05/1903

HMS AGINCOURT - 08/05/1903 - 13/10/1903

HMS MINERVA - 14/10/1903 - 10/11/1903

HMS BEDFORD - 11/11/1903 - 26/03/1906, rising to Ordinary Seaman on 28th April 1904

HMS PEMBROKE I - 27/03/1906 - 10/04/1906

HMS ENDYMION - 11/04/1906 - 09/11/1906

HMS PEMBROKE I - 10/11/1906 - 05/02/1907, rising to Able Seaman on 16/01/1907

HMS HYACINTH - 06/02/1907 - 08/08/1907

HMS SEALARK - 09/08/1907 - 28/02/1909

HMS SAPPHO - 01/03/1909 - 28/04/1909

HMS PEMBROKE I - 29/04/1909 - 14/11/1909

HMS HOGUE - 15/11/1909 - 11/10/1910

HMS INFLEXIBLE - 12/10/1910 - 12/05/1911 - stationed off Howeth Head, Dublin at the time of the 1911 census

HMS PEMBROKE I - 13/05/1911 - 25/05/1911

HMS ACTAEON - 26/05/1911 - 21/11/1911

HMS PEMBROKE I - 22/11/1911 - 02/02/1912

HMS VULCAN - 03/02/1912 - 15/03/1912

HMS PEMBROKE - 16/03/1912 - 09/04/1912

HMS VANGUARD - 10/04/1912 - 09/07/1917, rising to Leading Seaman on 14/02/1913 and passing his test for Petty Officer on 15th March 1917.

Elias was aboard HMS Vanguard when she took part in the Battle of Jutland the previous year, part of the 4th Battle Squadron. Elias was not a stranger to dramatic events - indeed he was awarded a bronze medal from the Royal Humane Society on 9th January 1906 for saving the life of a man in New York Harbour on 12th November 1905 (see pic)




He was killed aged 30


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Sources:


England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915 - Free BMD

1891, 1901 & 1911 England Census

Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services, 1848-1939 National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services; Class: ADM 188; Piece: 386

CWGC Register

Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current

National Archives 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

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: 008 (1914 - 1919)

Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919 TNA Series: ADM 242/8; Scan Number: 0224

Medal photo courtesy of Howard Bird

Photo coloured by Wendy Sadler


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