HMS Mary Rose WW1 100th Anniversary Event October 2017

This event is being organised to Remember of the Crew of HMS Mary Rose WWI, who lost their lives fighting for their King and Country and the survivors of the days event and to ‘Remember Them’ on this 100th anniversary.

The events start on the 13th October 2017 with a round trip by myself visiting the Naval memorials at Plymouth, Portsmouth and finishing at Chatham on the 17th October 2017.

In case of the visits to Plymouth & Portsmouth the event will start at 11am with a Roll Call of the men who served on HMS Mary Rose and who are recorded at these memorials and then the Wreath laying.

The main event is to be held at Chatham Naval Memorial at 11am on the 17th October 2017 the 100th anniversary date, where a service or Remembrance and a Wreath laying will take place.

(see links below for location details. If you clink on the map tab on the CWGC site, you will see how easy it is to find the memorial and below each event title you will see the Order of Service for each location in pdf)

Centenary Event: Day 1 – Plymouth

HMS Mary Rose Remembrance centenary 2017


Centenary Remembrance

of HMS Mary Rose

11am 13thh October 2017

Plymouth Naval Memorial, Hoe Park, Armada Way,

The Promenade, Plymouth

Wreath Laying by Sue Church

Plymouth Naval memorial

Sue’s Write Up: The first of the Wreath layings was going to be an emotional one, as it’s where my TEEAR, Thomas Edward, Officers Steward 12c, L 7609 (Dev) Age 25 is recorded, along with fellow crew members:

HANCOCK, Isaac, Gunner Age 42

BELL, John Edward, Able Seaman, J 37754 (Dev) Age 20

JONES, William Richard, Able Seaman, RNVR, Wales Z 2828 Age 26

TOMS, Frederick James, Able Seaman, J 25702 (Dev) Age 21

Information board on Plymouth Naval Memorial – Credit: Sue Church
HMS Mary Rose Wreath – Credit: Sue Church

At 11 o’clock on Friday 13th October 2017 on a dull overcast morning and with dense fog rolling in from the sea, I laid my wreath at the Plymouth Naval memorial,  this was followed by two minutes silence and then the Last Post was played via a link on the Royal British Legion website. I took the time to view all the men on this memorial and took some photo’s. Here are a few to share with you.

The Poppies on Tour – Credit: Sue Church


I was thrilled to learn just before my visit that the Poppies from the Tower of London would be on tour & be here in Plymouth at the same time. Seeing them beautifully  arranged at the memorial, was a awesome site, very moving and especially seeing them at night time.


Plymouth Naval Memorial Panels at Night – Credit: Sue Church
Plymouth Naval Memorial Panels at Night – Credit: Sue Church


It was whilst I was talking to one of the team of staff on hand to help visitors with information or just hear their stories, I was told that at 6pm on Friday evenings, the Last Post would be played by a Bugler. This was a very special and moving moment, one I will NEVER forget!!!

Poppies on Tour display board – Credit: Sue Church





Centenary Event: Day 2 – Portsmouth

HMS Mary Rose Remembrance centenary 2017


Centenary Remembrance

of HMS Mary Rose

11am 15h October 2017

Portsmouth Naval Memorial,

Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth

Wreath Laying by Sue Church

Portsmouth Naval memorial:


Centenary Event: Day 3 – Chatham

HMS Mary Rose Remembrance centenary 2017


Centenary Remembrance

of HMS Mary Rose

11am 17th October 2017

Chatham Naval Memorial

51 King Bastion Road

Gillingham ME75DQ

Historical introduction and welcome to the service

by Sue Church


The Service is led by

The Revd. Fr.David Wylie Royal Navy

Chaplain HMS Collingwood

Chatham Naval Memorial:

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HMS Mary Rose -The Catalysts of my One-Name Study 

I joined the Guild of One-Names Studies in November 2012 after having attended a Maritime Seminar at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich which was being organised by the Guild and was open/as always to non-members. Thomas Edward Teear was the catalyst for my actions. Having found out about him in my own Family History research, that he was involved in a devastating attack in the North See during WWI involving a convoy of Merchant ships, HMS Mary Rose and HMS Strongbow and two German light cruisers SS Bremse and Brummer.

Finding there was little on the web about this, at the time. I was contacted by a lady in Canada Kristen Den Hartog (an author, who was doing some research for a new book she was working on as her grandmother’s brother was one of only 10 men who had survived the attack). So we joined forces and together with her sister Tracy Den Hartog Kasaboski, started to research the story and whole crew of HMS Mary Rose in order to find out as much as we could and make connections with Living family. This resulted in masses of data being collected and many contacts who were also interested in the story of HMS Mary Rose. In 2013 Kristen, Tracy and I met up at the National Archives in Kew, London to look at some official records in relation to the attack on the convoy.

I wanted to do ‘Something’ to remember the events of the 17th October 2017 in my own way and pay my respects to ALL the men who died in, yet another tragic event of war.

For this reason, I started the HMS Mary Rose WW1 100th Anniversary project.

‘In Remembrance’ of their courage & ultimate sacrifice and will include information, stories and photo’s, on the immediate family of the crew members, links to the story, links to related websites and other projects (including the initiative by the Imperial War Museum ‘Livesofthefirstworldwar’)


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I was born a Air Force baby in Germany and spent my childhood moving to and from England to various locations around the world. I never felt I had a place I could truly call home. My interest in family history began as a 11 year old returning to England and having my friends ask me 'where do you come from' I couldn't really answer this. I knew of my Baldwin grandparents and a couple of my father's aunts, but rarely saw then enough to build a relationship with them. It wasn't until later in life when I had to apply for a passport and I had to provide information about my parents etc that I realised it was about time I found out a bit more about my family. So my quest began.

5 thoughts on “HMS MARY ROSE WW1 100TH ANNIVERSARY 17th October 2017”

  1. Hi Sue, that’s all great and I hope to be with you on 17th. Sorry I haven’t replied fully as I am still away. Will do so next week. Michael

  2. My Great Grandfather was Chief Stoker John William, HMS Strongbow and died in the action of October 17th 1917. We will be at Chatham on the 100th Anniversary. May we be allowed to take part?

  3. Hi Sue, my family & I will be the Chatham Memorial on the 17th as my grandfather John William Lewis, who was the Chief Stoker on HMS Strongbow was also killed on that day. We were going to lay a wreath on that day anyway but this will make it all the more special. Thank you very much for organising it.

    1. Hi Roger. glad you made it to Chatham on the 17th and very nice to meet you all. Such a shame you had to leave and not attend the reception afterwards. Hope to keep in touch Re: HMS Strongbow 🙂 Regards Sue

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