Horace was born on 11th December 1893 and baptised at St Michael on 21st January 1896 in Folkestone, Kent to parents Horace and Annie, the middle of three sons by the 1901 census. The family lived at Military Tavern on the High Street of Sandgate where Horace Snr was a publican.
Horace worked at a hairdresser’s for a time before joining the Navy on 7th August 1912 for a twelve year service. He was recorded as being 5’4” tall with brown hair and grey eyes.
He trained as HMS PEMBROKE II until 13th December 1912, joining HMS VANGUARD on 14th December as a
Stoker 2nd Class. He rose to Stoker 1st Class on 19th June 1913 and was on board during the Battle of Jutland.
He was awarded the Star, Victory and British war medals although it is not recorded in Navy ledgers who they were issued to; his pension was awarded to his father.
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1901 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: 898
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: 009 (1914 - 1919)
Navy Lists, 1888-1970 National Library of Scotland; Edinburgh, Scotland; British Navy Lists. National Library of Scotland, 2020. https://doi.org/10.34812/y3wn-j486; Reference: 92149074
Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919 TNA Series: ADM 242/9; Scan Number: 0521
Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972 Class: ADM 171; Piece: 110
World War I Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923 Western Front Association; London, England; WWI Pension Record Cards and Ledgers; Reference: 136/0652/MIL-MIT