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George William Skinner (Po) M 19431, Carpenter's Crew

(Po) M 19431, Carpenter's Crew

Formerly RNVR Z/3372

George was born on 22nd March 1897 in Peckham, London to parents George and Caroline Alice and was baptised George William at St Mary Magdalene Church in Peckham, on 6th June 1897.

George was recorded, aged 4, along with his parents, uncle and siblings on the 1901 where they all lived at 70 Manor Road in West Ham. He was then the oldest of five children.

Ten years later George was aged 14 and attended school along with two of his younger siblings. The family had remained in West Ham but had moved to 35 Holbrook Road.

George found work as a carpenter and joiner before joining the RNVR on 4th October 1915 for the duration of hostilities, becoming an Able Seaman on 29th December 1915. His address at the time was recorded as 60 Knighton Park Road, Sydenham.

He spent 5 weeks on HMS MINOTAUR before heading to shore establishment HMS VICTORY I. On 6th March 1916 he was transferred to the Royal Navy and recorded as 5'6" tall with brown hair, grey eyes and a scar on his left elbow. (His service record states an incorrect RNVR number and place, however).

George spent a further 4 months at HMS VICTORY II before embarking to HMS FISGARD (III/HMS HINDUSTAN) on 17th August 1916 until 2nd January 1917. He was posted to HMS VANGUARD on 3rd January 1917, where he stayed until the ship's explosion.

George was twenty years old when he died, and is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. His pension was claimed by his mother, his Victory and British war medals claimed by his father.

A sample of George's handwriting

(#198 - 690/843)


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

London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906 London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Board of Guardian Records, 1834-1906/Church of England Parish Registers, 1754-1906; Reference Number: p73/mmg/005

1901 & 1911 England Census

Web: UK, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Service Records Index, 1903-1922

Web: UK, Royal Naval Division Index, 1914-1919

UK, 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: 1056

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: Piece 010; Piece Description: Piece 010 (1914 - 1919)

CWGC Register

UK, Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919 TNA Series: ADM 242/10; Scan Number: 0388

WWI Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923 Western Front Association; London, England; Naval Pension Ledgers; Reference: 542931

Photos courtesy of Ian Campbell

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