George Henry Ross (Po) J 31672, Ordinary Seaman.
George was born on 29th October 1898 in Portsmouth to parents James and Beatrice (Shill).
He was first recorded on the 1911 census, studying at the Royal Hospital School For Sons of Seamen, Romney Road, Greenwich. George then joined the Navy on 12th June 1914, signing for 12 years and noted as being 4'9" tall, with brown hair and grey eyes. Sadly while he was studying at Greenwich his mother died, aged 40. His father remarried Lily Stone the following summer, 1912.
He trained at HMS GANGES as a Boy 2nd Class until 13th April 1915, rising to Boy 1st Class on 18th December 1915, He joined HMS VANGUARD, his first and only ship on 14th April 1915, serving aboard during the Battle of Jutland and rising to Ordinary Seaman on 29th October 1916.
He died aged 18. His Star, Victory Medal, British War Medals were awarded to his father following his death. He is remembered in perpetuity on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
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England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915 Free BMD
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: 710
British Army and Navy Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960 National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Admiralty: Naval Casualties, Indexes, War Grave Rolls and Statistics Book, First World War.; Class: ADM 242; Piece: 010 (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
Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919 TNA Series: ADM 242/10; Scan Number: 0189
Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972 Class: ADM 171; Piece: 114
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