Family research into service and death of John William Harry (Jack) Beechey

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John William Harry Beechey

"Uncle Jack"

Service Number K/16587 (PO)


Born August 13 1894

Died June 5 aged 22 years


Jack was the eldest son of William Henry and Annie

Beechey (nee Appleby) of 39 South View, Grove Street,

Wantage.  Jack was born in Windsor, Berkshire and on

leaving school became a milkman.  He joined the Royal

Navy in 1912 when he was just 18 years old, as a

second-class stoker.  He was made first class stoker in

October 1913.  From his service records he served on

various ships including Victory II, Iron Duke, Renown,

Edgar, Queen Mary, Europa and the Hampshire.


He joined the Hampshire in June 1914.  We think the

Hampshire was at the Battle of Jutland where it received

light damage after it rammed and sunk a U-Boat.  The

ship returned to Scapa Flow, East of the Orkney Islands.

We have some information told by the Electrical

Artificer, Fred Foxton, on HMS Caroline.  He records

that they had "just returned to Scapa Flow from patrol

that morning (June 5th) and told to sling hammocks.  The

order was countermanded and they put to sea again with

HMS Royalist and two screening destroyers, HMS

Hampshire with Lord Kitchener on board left Scapa

Flow for Russia.  (The rumour was that they were going

to rescue the Tsar).  She went to the westward of the

Orkneys and Shetlands, while HMS Caroline and HMS

Royalist with there destroyers went to the eastward of the

Islands.  The weather was atrocious and the




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John William Harry Beechey

"Uncle Jack"

Service Number K/16587 (PO)


Born August 13 1894

Died June 5 aged 22 years


Jack was the eldest son of William Henry and Annie

Beechey (nee Appleby) of 39 South View, Grove Street,

Wantage.  Jack was born in Windsor, Berkshire and on

leaving school became a milkman.  He joined the Royal

Navy in 1912 when he was just 18 years old, as a

second-class stoker.  He was made first class stoker in

October 1913.  From his service records he served on

various ships including Victory II, Iron Duke, Renown,

Edgar, Queen Mary, Europa and the Hampshire.


He joined the Hampshire in June 1914.  We think the

Hampshire was at the Battle of Jutland where it received

light damage after it rammed and sunk a U-Boat.  The

ship returned to Scapa Flow, East of the Orkney Islands.

We have some information told by the Electrical

Artificer, Fred Foxton, on HMS Caroline.  He records

that they had "just returned to Scapa Flow from patrol

that morning (June 5th) and told to sling hammocks.  The

order was countermanded and they put to sea again with

HMS Royalist and two screening destroyers, HMS

Hampshire with Lord Kitchener on board left Scapa

Flow for Russia.  (The rumour was that they were going

to rescue the Tsar).  She went to the westward of the

Orkneys and Shetlands, while HMS Caroline and HMS

Royalist with there destroyers went to the eastward of the

Islands.  The weather was atrocious and the





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  • January 24, 2018 18:00:05 Thomas A. Lingner

    John William Harry Beechey

    "Uncle Jack"

    Service Number K/16587 (PO)


    Born August 13 1894

    Died June 5 aged 22 years


    Jack was the eldest son of William Henry and Annie

    Beechey (nee Appleby) of 39 South View, Grove Street,

    Wantage.  Jack was born in Windsor, Berkshire and on

    leaving school became a milkman.  He joined the Royal

    Navy in 1912 when he was just 18 years old, as a

    second-class stoker.  He was made first class stoker in

    October 1913.  From his service records he served on

    various ships including Victory II, Iron Duke, Renown,

    Edgar, Queen Mary, Europa and the Hampshire.


    He joined the Hampshire in June 1914.  We think the

    Hampshire was at the Battle of Jutland where it received

    light damage after it rammed and sunk a U-Boat.  The

    ship returned to Scapa Flow, East of the Orkney Islands.

    We have some information told by the Electrical

    Artificer, Fred Foxton, on HMS Caroline.  He records

    that they had "just returned to Scapa Flow from patrol

    that morning (June 5th) and told to sling hammocks.  The

    order was countermanded and they put to sea again with

    HMS Royalist and two screening destroyers, HMS

    Hampshire with Lord Kitchener on board left Scapa

    Flow for Russia.  (The rumour was that they were going

    to rescue the Tsar).  She went to the westward of the

    Orkneys and Shetlands, while HMS Caroline and HMS

    Royalist with there destroyers went to the eastward of the

    Islands.  The weather was atrocious and the




  • January 23, 2018 20:12:19 Chris Smith

    John William Harry Beechey

    "Uncle Jack"

    Service Number K/16587 (PO)


    Born August 13 1894

    Died June 5 aged 22 years


    Jack was the eldest son of William Henry and Annie

    Beechet (nee Appleby) of 39 South View, Grove Street,

    Wantage.  Jack was born in Windsor, Berkshire and on

    leaving school became a milkman.  He joined the Royal

    Navy in 1912 when he was just 18 years old, as a

    second-class stoker.  He was made first class stoker in

    October 1913.  From his service records he served on

    various ships including Victory II, Iron Duke, Renown,

    Edgar, Queen Mary, Europa and the Hampshire.


    He joined the Hampshire in June 1914.  We think the

    Hampshire was at the Battle of Jutland where iit received

    light damage after it rammed and sunk a U-Boat.  The

    ship returned to Scapa Flow, East of the Orkney Islands.

    We have some information told by the Electrical

    Artificer, Fred Foxton, on HMS Caroline.  He records

    that they had "just returned to Scapa Flow from patrol

    that morning (June 5th) and told to sling hammocks.  The

    order was countermanded and they put to sea again with

    HMS Royalist and two screening destroyers, HMS

    Hampshire with Lord Kitchener on board left Scapa

    Flow for Russia.  (The rumour was that they were going

    to rescue the Tsar).  She went to the westward ofthe

    Orkneys and Shetlands, while HMS Caroline and HMS

    Royalist with there destroyers went to the eastward of the

    Islands.  The weather was atrocious and the





  • January 23, 2018 19:59:32 Chris Smith

    John William Harry Beechey

    "Uncle Jack"

    Service Number K/16587 (PO)


    Born August 13 1894

    Died June 5 aged 22 years


    Jack was the eldest son of William Henry and Annie

    Beechet (nee Appleby) of 39 South View, Grove Street,

    Wantage.  Jack was born in Windsor, Berkshire and on

    leaving school became a milkman.  He joined the Royal

    Navy in 1912 when he was just 18 years old, as a

    second-class stoker.  He was made first class stoker in

    October 1913.  From his service records he served on

    various ships including Victory II, Iron Duke, Renown,

    Edgar, Queen Mary, Europa and the Hampshire.


    He joined the Hampshire in June 1914.  We think the



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    39 South View, Grove Street, Wantage.

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    Windsor, Berkshire, England

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    Battle of Jutland

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    Scapa Flow

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  • Additional document location Windsor, Berkshire, England
  • Additional document location Battle of Jutland
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