HMS Goliath
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Oct. 14, 2019

I am trying to locate a photograph of Charles Sidney Ellis BARTLETT, one of three Midshipman who died on the Goliath. If anyone can help I would be extremely grateful. I've found photos online of both of Bartlett's fellow Midshipmen, Faed and MacLeod, both of whom died aboard the Goliath, but none of Bartlett apart from one when he was a child with his father in the publication Exploring the Britannic by Simon Mills.

Thank you,
Tony Godfree

Apr. 7, 2019

Is it possible to obtain the name of the parents of one the crew who died on Goliath. Namely Jeremiah Murphy. Petty Officer 1st Class. He may be my Grandfather on my mother's side. He was born in Gibraltar and his family were from Ireland. In 1911 he was a Coastguard in Ireland. 

Best regards,
Alan Wardle

Sept. 25, 2018

I'm emailing on behalf of the Rev. Annie Church and Tony Carswell from the Shaldon Mission Community in Devon. The Benefice is organising a WWI centenary community concert at St. Peter's Church in Shaldon on Saturday 17th November called "Tin Hats and Telegrams". We plan to honour the memory of the men included on the Roll of Honour list (see attached) during the concert/service, and coming across your website I wondered if you have any information about Bertie Punter who was on HMS Goliath? I would also like to ask if it would be ok to use some of your photos of Goliath? We are planning to host a week long exhibition in St. Peter's in the run up to the concert and we would like to get some large photos printed for the exhibition. Any information or help you can offer would be very much appreciated.

With kind regards,
Nicola Jones PA to Reverend Annie Church
Devon, U.K.

Reply 1
Sept. 29, 2018

Petty Officer Bertie Punter was one of the survivors. He entered service in Devon, that is all I know.

Michael W. Pocock

Aug. 17, 2018

I don't know if your the right person or maybe you could put me in touch with someone who may be able to help me. My Great Uncle, George Isaac Playle, was lost aboard the Goliath when it was sunk in 1915. To remember him it what will be the 100 years since the end of WWI I will be marching in this years Armistice day parade at the Cenotaph. His medals have been lost a long time ago but what I need to know is what medals he would have had and would the family have been presented with them posthumously?

Robert Bull

Reply 1
Aug. 18, 2018

His service record is available at the National Archives at Kew.

Michael W. Pocock

Mar. 24, 2018

My Great Grandad was Sydney Passmore. He was a 1st Class Stoker on HMS Goliath when it went down in 1915.

Grace Hill (née Passmore)
Devon, U.K.

Nov. 12, 2017

My Great Uncle, William John Swanson, was Boatswain on board HMS Goliath when the ship went down on 13th May 1915. His wife was called Lilian, but I am unaware of any children or grandchildren they may have still living in the Plymouth or Devon area.

I am looking for any of William and Lilian's descendants who may have more information about the family so that I may complete the missing names on our family tree. My Grandfather, Ernest, was William's younger brother.

Many thanks,
Pam Hampson (neé Swanson)

Reply 1
Oct. 30, 2018

I am William John Swanson's great great granddaughter. William John Swanson was on the H.M.S Goliath when it sank leaving behind Lilian and her two children. Contact me if you would like anymore information.

May 13, 2017

Remembering today 13th May 2017, with love and affection, my Great Uncle, Edgar Ayton Holland, and all who lost their lives in 1915 on H.M.S. Goliath.

Shirley Quick
Lancing, West Sussex, UK

Nov. 17, 2016

My mother, Beatrice May Jones nee Hughes, was from Gloucester. William Charles Hughes, Petty Officer Stoker, was her uncle. I am particularly proud of my family connection with such an honourable member of the Royal Navy who gave his life for his country.

David Jones
Caldicot, Monmouthshire, U.K.

Jan. 3, 2016

A couple of years ago I did a lot of research on the names of the forgotten heroes recorded on the war memorial in our church - St Olave's, Ramsey and came across John Corkish. His was one of the more fascinating tales I unearthed - he was a real character with an incredible back story having been one of a group of men who were in a real "daring-do" raid in Dar-es-Salaam in November 1914 during which one of the party was killed, twelve captured and  fourteen seriously wounded including Captain Henry Peel Ritchie who as result of his "conspicuous bravery" during this action he was awarded the first Victoria Cross awarded to a member of the navy during the first world war.

There was much heart breaking confusion around the notifications his family received about his death, having been informed firstly that he had died, then that he had survived and then confirmation that he had in fact drowned. This was as a result of a fellow sailor also from the Isle of Man serving on the Goliath called John Jacob Corkish having been invalided off the ship prior to its sinking. I have lots more information that I have gathered, about John Thomas Corkish before the war - he was a notable local footballer that I would be happy to share with both Lesley and Nick (see Message #45). I would be especially interested to meet Nick Cain as he probably lives somewhere nearby as I would like to find out more about John and the family as they were prominent members of our church and I would like to see if there is enough to write an article for a local publication.

Ann Grass

May 31, 2015

My great uncle was, Patrick Sweeney, born in Rock Island, Cork, Eire. 18th July 1876. He went down on the Goliath. He was a RNV. I have a copy of his service records. Thank you for laying a wreath in memory of all those lost at sea. 13th May 1915. I am researching my family history.

Margaret Craine (nee Sweeney)

May 13, 2015

Remembering with pride and sadness my great uncle Edgar Ayton Holland, Officer's Steward 2nd Class, Royal Navy, and all those who died 100 years ago today, 13th May 1915 when HMS Goliath was attacked and destroyed inside the Dardanelles. Edgar was born in London in 1892 and was only 22 years old when he died having joined the Royal Navy in 1910, not that long after the below photograph was taken. The National Archive record I have obtained shows Edgar also served on HMS Pembroke and HMS Albion prior to serving on HMS Goliath. The photograph shows Edgar on the right aged about 16, his youngest brother Leonard Palmer Holland in the middle and William Morgan Holland on the left who was killed in France on 24th April 1917 serving with the Middlesex Regiment. The picture shows all three looking very young and very smart in their Scout uniforms.

Shirley Quick
West Sussex

Reply 1
Aug. 21, 2015

I have been researching my Family Tree, at the moment, concentrating on the family of Edgar Ayton Holland, (my second cousin) who perished when HMS Goliath was sunk on 13 May 1915. I found mention of him on your website in a comment (no.64) posted by his great-niece Shirley Quick, West Sussex on 13 May 2015. I would love to contact Shirley and wondered if you would be prepared to forward my details to her in the hope she may be willing to speak or write to me. I stumbled upon your website more or less by accident and found it most fascinating and interesting. I'll definitely be back to see if I can find out more about the naval members of my family and their ships.

Kind regards,
Betty Horniblew


May 13, 2015

In memory of all the sailors lost with HMS Goliath 100 years ago today, at Morto Bay, Cape Helles, Turkey. In particular my family remembers George T. James, Stoker 1st Class who died aged 23, leaving behind a wife, parents and siblings in Nailsea, Somerset. We'll lay a wreath in his honour today at the war memorial in Nailsea, where he is remembered by the town. Best wishes to anyone commemorating in a similar way today.

Kind regards,
James Lewis

May 11, 2015

I am in the Dardenelles to commemorate the sinking of HMS Goliath and the crew who lost their lives,which including my grandfather CPO Frederick James Craven (Sick Berth). Below are photos taken today.

Martin Craven

Sinking of HMS Goliath as depicted on the Turkish Memorial at Morto Bay.

The location of HMS Goliath.

View looking towards the south.

The wreck is not far from the ship in the second photo.

Goliath's name on the British Helles Memorial.

View looking north, HMS Goliath rests in the sea to the left of the photo.
All photos courtesy of Martin Craven
© 2015 Martin Craven all rights reserved

May 7, 2015

My Grandfather (paternal) Frank J. C. Hutchins, was killed when Goliath sank. I spent most of my life at sea, though on Merchant ships.

Kind Regards,
Mike Hutchins

May 6, 2015

I am a London Black Cab Driver from Watford Herts. Myself and a fellow Cabbie, Alex Kaye, have been visiting Gallipoli for the last five years, and will be returning to the Dardenelles for a week from the 9th May 2015. I have a particular interest in the tragic sinking of HMS Goliath as for some years I have been researching the names recorded on my local War Memorials and one name, R. G. Beal is of particular interest to me.

Although I can find no link between his name and my local area, he was the Paymaster on HMS Goliath and lost his life when the ship sunk. I will be visiting Morto Bay during the 12/13th May and will lay in wreath to honour the sacrifice of so many brave men.

Alwyn Jones

Reply 1
May 9, 2015

His full name was Arthur Reginald George Beal. I have no other information about him.

Michael W. Pocock

May 6, 2015

Below is a photo of my grandaunt, Bridiget (nee Murray), and her husband, James J. Beauchamp, Petty Officer 1st Class who died on the HMS Goliath in 1915. My aunt was from the village of Ratoath Co. Meath Ireland and James was born in England. In the 1901 census they are living in Drogheda and James is working in the coast guard. In the 1911 census he is married for 20 years and one of his two children has passed away. He describes himself as a naval pensioner and postman and is living in Castleblanyney. He is then 43 years of age. I can only presume he rejoined the navy in 1914 at the outbreak of the Great War.

Thank you,
Joe Murray


Apr. 30, 2015

My great grandfather, William Henry Grundy, died aboard HMS Goliath in May 1915. He joined the Royal Navy in 1888 aged 20. He rose in rank to Chief Armourer. I downloaded a copy of his original service record and from that I could see he'd retired from the Royal Navy, but rejoined in 1914. I can't tell from the document whether he volunteered or was drafted back in. He was 47 when he died. He was born in Devonport Plymouth an only child I believe, but he had two sons; my grandfather Harold Stuart Grundy and Norman Leo Grundy. I think Norman left Plymouth for the USA. My grandfather moved to Coventry. I would  love to hear from any relatives from anywhere.

Denise Grundy

Apr. 29, 2015

My great uncle James T. Bonehill went down on the Goliath, he was one of three brothers who went to war. The only one to come back was my granddad Thomas Bonehill, the other brother was David who was killed Oct. 19, 1914 while serving with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in Belgium.

Mike Bright

Apr. 4, 2015

My great grandfather, David Colin Richardson, was on the HMS Goliath, he went down with the ship in 1915 died at sea. I'm doing my family tree and i'm trying to find out any info on him. I have a couple of photos of him onboard the Goliath (showing below). I would be very interested if you could give me any info or point me in the right direction where I can find info.

Kind Regards,
Richard Chant

David Richardson seen in uniform.

David Richardson (right) and an unidentified crewman seen on HMS Goliath.

David Richardson and two unidentified women, date unknown.

Feb. 28, 2015

I am about to book a visit to the Dardanelles in May to remember all those who died in the Campaign. My great uncle JRH Faed died at the sinking of HMS Goliath on 13th May 1915. Is anyone else going? Does anyone know of any events planned?

Caroline Faed

Dec. 30, 2014

Below is a photo of my great uncle, Ronnie Faed, born 29 May 1899, died on 13th May 1915 in the Dardanelles.
I am hoping to visit in May for the centenary.

Best wishes,
Stuart Faed
Berwick upon Tweed,
Northumberland, UK

Nov. 14, 2014

As we pass the 100th anniversary of WWI, my thoughts have turned to uncovering more information about my Great-Uncle Walter Dymond (PLY/12783) of the Royal Marine Light Infantry (my grandfather's brother). As a child, I recall his photo, in uniform, hanging on the wall of my grandparents home in Newton Abbot, Devon, a photo which I now have in my possession, following my father's death last year. I always knew that Walter's name was on the War Memorial on Plymouth Hoe, but never knew much about how he died. During my research today, I came across your website and now know much more about the sinking of HMS Goliath off of Gallipoli on 13 May 1915. Walter was 28 years old at the time of his death (my Grandfather, Fred, would have been 13 or 14). I was amazed to read how many died on the Goliath, due to its rapid sinking. The research goes on.

Best regards,
Shaun Dymond
Bourne, Lincolnshire, U.K.

Nov. 9, 2014

I have just been looking at your website on HMS Goliath. My Great Uncle was George Thomas Pardoe, and one of those lost on the ship. He had enlisted as a boy and in 1912 was serving on HMS Impregnable. By 23 Sep 1914 he was serving on HMS Goliath. His older brother Charles also served in the Navy and his brother Henry in the army. Following his death the next boy to be born in in family was named after him, and that was my father. There is only one known photo of him and I thought you might like it to add to your website.

Yours sincerely,
Linda Pardoe

Sept. 28, 2014

My great grandfather perished aboard the Goliath, John Owen, born in Holyhead. He left four Liverpool born children in Toxteth at the time of his death. One of whom was my grandfather, John William Stanley Owen. My name is John William Stanley Brabin. I only found out about my great grandfathers fate a few months back and seeing some of the wreck pictures on the internet has been highly emotional, he is down there somewhere. RIP all the lost souls of HMS Goliath.

John Brabin

June 3, 2014

At Ramsey Heritage Centre based in Ramsey, Isle of Man we are looking to run an exhibition to coincide with the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1. Several Royal Navy reservists lived in Ramsey and were mobilised on August 2nd, 1914 in response to the deepening crisis that led to war being declared on August 4th, 1914. Many of these reservists (along with other men from the Isle of Man) served on the Goliath and sadly several lost their lives, a terrible tragedy for a small town such as Ramsey with just a few thousand inhabitants. The reservists who died were

John Thomas Corkish
Daniel Steaven Graham
Daniel Kinrade
John James McCormick
James Quayle (father in law of Daniel Kinrade)

Two others Harold Dawson and Charles Faragher were also on the Goliath. Harold Dawson had been posted to the "Fly" just before the sinking of the Goliath. He also served on the Laconia. Both vessels were sunk during the war but he seems to have managed to avoid each of these events and survived the war. Charles Faragher had been wounded before the sinking and was in hospital at the time. He was later killed in action when HMS White Head was sunk in the Mediterranean in October 1917.

If anyone has any photos or information relating to any of the above the Heritage Centre would like to hear from them. An earlier post refers to John Corkish and the poster may be interested to know that another photo of him can be found at the Manx National Heritage "imuseum".

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