Remembering the Fallen of WW1 – TEARE

Working with Mike Teare who runs the Teare & Sons, Sailmakers & Ship Chandlers site at we have joined forces to create a Memorial Page on Mike’s site.

Working together we have gathered information relating to Teare men who served and died during WW1.

You can find out about this via this link and discover more on the men listed below

Thomas William Teare 1883 – 1914

James Percival Teare 1896 – 1915

Thomas Arthur Teare 1889 – 1915

William Burgoyne Teare 1894 – 1916

Frank Teare 1889 – 1917

Frederick William Teare 1877 – 1917

James Garrett Teare 1888 – 1917

John Stewart Teare 1893 – 1917

Richard Edward Teare 1886 – 1917

Philip Norman Teare 1892 – 1917

Herbert Douglas Teare 1897 – 1918

Robert Killip Teare 1891 – 1918

Charles Henry Teare 1895 – 1918

Wilfred Kneale Teare 1896-1919

We are also remember the men and women who served and returned from the war. Who gave as much as the Fallen of WW1 and who lived with the horrors of what they witnessed and ensured for the rest of their lives.

Albert Teare – Royal Navy 1st /Class Stoker (SS104316)
Albert Teare – Labour Corps/Private (452461)
Alfred Teare – 5th Battalion Boarder/Regiment Private (31526)
Alfred Teare – Royal Garrison Artillery/ Gunner (67577)
Alfred Teare – Royal Guernsey Light Infantry/Army Service Corps/ Private (1987)
Alfred Teare – Manchester Regiment, Army Service Corps/Gunner
(5806 – S/454142)
Alfred C Teare – Machine Gun Corps/ Acting Sgt (30374)
Alfred Frederick Teare – 10th Scottish King’s Liverpool, 4 LN Lancashire/Private
Alfred (Thomas) Teare – Royal Guernsey Light Infantry/Army Service Corps/Private (1987)
Arnold Maxwell Teare – Royal Field Artillery, Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire) Regiment Bomber/2nd Lieut (1441/775333)
Charles (Frederick) Teare – 16th Battalion Liverpool Regiment/ Private (26941)
Charles Teare – Army Ordinance Corps/Private (9295)
Charles Teare – Army Service Corps/Private (M2/104956)
Charles Joseph Teare – Royal Navy/Able Seaman (116019)
Cyrus Teare – The King’s (Liverpool) Regiment/Cpl (1922, 2653454)
Daniel Teare – The King’s (Liverpool) Regiment/Private (16071)
Daniel Teare – Gen S Boarder Regiment/Private (11168)
Daniel Teare – Royal Engineers Spec Bde Dep/Pioneer (83679)
Daniel Teare – Northumberland Fusiliers, Labour Corps/Private (1227/598230)
Daniel E Teare – Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), Royal Engineers/Private (12368/129153)
E Teare – Royal Army Medical Corps/ Private (8734/1976)
Edgar Teare – Leicestershire Regiment/Cpl (3235, 241051)
Edward G (Gibson) Teare – Manchester Regiment, Labour Corps/Private (3246/604404)
Edward John Teare – Army Service Corps/Private (44141)
Edwin Teare – Royal Field Artillery/Cpl (930528)
Ernest Teare – The King’s (Liverpool) Regiment/Private (24794)
Ernest E C Teare – Cheshire Regiment, South Wales Borderers/Private (33770/42105)
Frederick Teare – Labour Corps/Private (132404)
Frederick Lewis Teare – RAF (Service Number 26470)
Frederick William Teare – Royal Engineers/Cpl (70423)
Frederick William Teare – Royal Engineers/Sapper (1205)
George Teare – Royal Engineers/Sapper/Sgt (104702, WR/500521)
George Teare – Prince of Wales’s Volunteers (South Lancashire) Regiment/Private (29513)
George Killick Teare – The King’s (Liverpool) Regiment, Army Service Corps/Private (K/13738, M/354478)
Goldsmith Teare – Royal Army Ordinance Corps/Private (028119)
Harold Teare – Grenadier Guards/ (3239)
Harold Stanley Teare – The Cheshire Yeomanry Earl of Chester, Shropshire Light Infantry/Private (1623, 230918)
Harold Thomas Teare – Coldstream Guards/Private (22187)
Harry James Teare – Manchester Regiment, 1/8 Manchester Regiment/Cpl (649)
Herbert Geoffrey Teare – Royal Navy/ Engine Room Artificer (M28746)
Horace Teare – Royal Garrison Artillery/Gunner (125899)
J Teare – Royal Army Medical Corps/Major (141)
James Teare – Boarder Regiment (6853)
James Teare – The King’s (Liverpool) Regiment/Private (36131)
James Teare – Royal Warwickshire Regiment/Cpl (30038)
James A Teare – Cheshire Regiment, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers/Private (28687/48708)
James O Teare – Royal Engineers/Cpl (870, 70422)
John Teare – 1st Battalion 3rd Reg of Foot the Buffs/Private (3489)
John Teare – Royal Field Artilery/ (105)
John Teare – Irish Guards/Private (12644)
John Teare – 4/5th 45th Welsh Regiment/The King’s (Liverpool) Regiment/Private (30364/49882)
John Albert Teare – 12th Manchester Regiment/Private (59056)
John C Teare – Coldstream Guards/Cpl (14222)
John E Teare – Army Service Corps/Private (S4/125804)
John E S Teare – 8th London/Private-Rifleman (376013)
John E Teare – 18th Battalion ‘the Kings’ (Liverpool Regiment)
John Gordon Teare – 4th Battalion Lancashire Regiment/Cpl (3243)
John H Teare – Royal Field Artillery/Dr ((TF)695735, 281398)
John James Teare – The King’s (Liverpool) Regiment/Private (18041)
John S Teare – Labour Corps/Private (497787LC)
John T Teare – Royal Garrison Artillery/Bomber (77153)
John T Teare – Cheshire Regiment/Private (33747)
John W Teare – Royal Engineers/Sapper (288211)
Joseph Teare – The King’s (Liverpool) Regiment/Cpl (3703/201367)
Joseph E Teare – The King’s (Liverpool) Regiment/ Gordon Highlanders/Private (97064, S/44221)
Lowia/Lewis Teare – Royal Navy/Officer’s Steward (F32328)
Oscar Teare – Royal Scots Fusiliers/Private (43427)
Percy Teare – 2nd Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment/ (4470)
Philip Teare – King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment/Private (49108)
Phillip Teare – AFA/Lieutenant
Philip Edward Teare – Royal Marine Light Infantry (3106)
Robert Alfred Teare – Army Service Corps/Cpl (T3/022846)
Robert Victor Teare – Royal Engineers/Lieu Major
Robert William Teare – Cheshire Regiment/Private (L/Cheshire 11763/58408)
Sidney Teare – The King’s (Liverpool) Regiment/Labour Corps/Private
(70012, 45437)
Sydney Philip Teare – Rhodesia Native Regiment/Sgt (1213)
T O Teare – Royal Engineers/Sapper (870/70422)
Thomas Teare – Army Service Corps/Private (17515)
Thomas Teare – Northumberland Fusiliers/Private (471)
Thomas Teare – The King’s (Liverpool) Regiment/Sgt (21981)
Thomas Teare – ASC 2/Labour Corps S2/Private (S2/017515)
Thomas A Teare – East Lancashire Regiment, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry/ Private (20272/76837)
Thomas Albert Teare – Cheshire Regiment/ Private (Lance Corporal)
Thomas C Teare – Hertfordshire Yeomanry, Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Royal Berkshire) Regiment/Private- Acting Corporal (22525, 43748)
Thomas E Teare – Royal Fusiliers/Private (GS/82534)
Thomas Herbert Teare – The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment), Royal Engineers, Royal Engineers/Private (20595, WR/254590, 20598)
Thomas Henry Teare – Royal Engineers/Cheshire Regiment/Cpl (106180)
Thomas Henry Teare – Royal Navy/ Ordinary Seaman (J58426)
Thomas Henry Teare – Royal Navy/ Special Trawler Reserves (L/2136)
W H Teare – Royal Field Artillery/Gunner (L/2136)
Walter Teare – Royal Field Artillery/Cpl ((TF)836647, 133160)
Walter E Teare – The King’s (Liverpool) Regiment, Royal Army Medical Corps/Private (8734/1976)
William Teare – Manchester Regiment, South Wales Borderers/Private
William A Teare – Royal Garrison Artillery/Gunner (77241)
William C Teare – Machine Gun Corps/Private (57946)
William H Teare – The King’s (Liverpool) Regiment, Labour Corps/Private
(62258, 49016)
William John Teare – 5th Border Regiment/ (4194)

Why not explore Mike’s site for some fascinating stories and information of the business set up by the Teare family on the Isle of Man.

As well as gathering the names, dates of birth, places of birth, their parents and military service records, we have been able to include much more detailed information relating the the families of all the men who gave their lives in the Great War.

We welcome any additional information, including corrections and photo’s if you have any. Please either contact Mike at http://mike@teareandsons.comor myself at

I will be exploring similar instances within the study names, Teear, Tear, Teare, Teer amd McTear in later posts.

Descendants of Alexander Mactier and Jean McDowall

Research carried out on the family tree of Alexander Mactier and Jean McDowall from Scotland including their children:

James McTier b 1811 Wigtown, Wigtownshire, Scotland

James McTier b 1814 Wigtown, Wigtownshire, Scotland

Robert McTier/Mc/Tear b 1816 Wigtown, Wigtownshire, Scotland

Alexander MacTier b 1818 Wigtown, Wigtownshire, Scotland

Margaret McTier b 1821 Wigtown, Wigtownshire, Scotland

John McTier b 1826 Wigtown, Wigtownshire, Scotland

Samuel McTier b 1831 Wigtown, Wigtownshire, Scotland

David McTier b 1834 Wigtown, Wigtownshire, Scotland

Clink on file below:

Descendants of Alexander Mactier and Jean McDowall





The Crew and Memorial Roll of HMS Mary Rose WWI


     Roll of Honour of HMS Mary Rose Crew   

(includes links for each man to the ‘livesofthefirstworldwar’ website, where the crew members are also remembered)

FOX, Charles Leonard, Lieutenant Commander Age 33

BAVIN, Anthony James, Lieutenant Age 23

CLEGHORN, William Howie, Engineer Lieutenant Commander Age 36

BARCLAY, Ivan Curror Christie, Ty/Surgeon Probationer, RNVR Age 22

PERKINS, Robert Ernest, Chief Petty Officer, 175303 (Ch) Age 39

MARKS, Richard, Petty Officer, 195449 (Ch) Age 35

BOLTON, Arthur Stanley, Petty Officer, 236901 (Ch) Age 27

MILLIGAN, Hamilton Herries, Officer’s Cook 2c, L 9804 (Ch) Age 27

CLISSOLD, Henry Joseph, Leading Cook’s Mate, M 193 (Ch) Age 28

TEEAR, Thomas Edward, Officers’ Steward 12c, L 7609 (Dev) Age 25

CAINS, John Reuben, Leading Signalman, J 18944 (Ch) Age 20

HANCOCK, Isaac, Gunner Age 42

MOIR, Archibald Douglas, Midshipman Age 17

POLWARTH, William, Chief Engine Room Artificer 4c, 270696 (Ch) Age 37

BROWN, Thomas, Engine Room Artificer 3c, M 3717 (Ch) Age 32

HEPWORTH, Joseph Arnold Leslie, Engine Room Artificer 4c, M 14881 (Ch) Age 23

COXON, Ernest William, Engine Room Artificer, RNR, EA 1693 Age 35

HAYWARD, William, Leading Telegraphist, J 14394 (Ch) Age 21

LEVER, Cyril Harry, Ordinary Telegraphist, J 39633 (Dev) Age 18

HEALDS, Frederick F, Leading Seaman, 178988 Age 38

LAINCHBURY, William, Leading Seaman, 225502 (Ch) Age 31

PATON, George Turner, Leading Seaman, 221513 (Ch) Age 30

CASEMAN, James Albert, Leading Seaman, 222145 (Ch) Age 32

DOVER, Henry Joseph, Ordinary Seaman, J 46578 (Ch) Age 21

DYMOND, Joseph C, Ordinary Seaman, J 46344 (Ch) Age 21

HOLDEN, Alfred, Ordinary Seaman, J 51186 (Po) Age 32

PREST, Alfred, Ordinary Seaman, J 63240 Age 38

SIMMONS, Robert, Ordinary Seaman, J 36290 (Po) Age 18

BLACKWOOD, William John, Able Seaman, 213650 (Ch) Age 35

BOWDEN, Henry George, Able Seaman, SS 6094 (Ch) Age 21

ELMER, Albert Charles, Able Seaman, J 20233 (Ch) Age 21

CARSE, Daniel Elliott, Able Seaman, RNVR, Tyneside Z 9276 Age 30

COLLETT, Frederick James, Able Seaman, J 46313 (Ch) Age 21

DANN, Leonard Edward, Able Seaman, J 26346 (Po) Age 20

CLARK, John, Able Seaman, 207167 (Po) Age 34

CLARKE, Alexander Alfred Cairo, Able Seaman, 199515 (Dev) Age 34

ASPLAND, William Bertie, Able Seaman, J 27492 (Ch) Age 19

AVERY, Henry, Able Seaman, J 31722 (Ch) Age 18

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

BARRACLOUGH, Dennis Hammond, Able Seaman, RNVR, Tyneside Z 10400 Age 26

FRENCH, Albert Edward, Able Seaman, 234666 (Ch) Age 28

GILL, Cyril Bertram Leonard, Able Seaman, SS 3263 (Ch) Age 25

GLYN, Herbert Charles, Able Seaman, J 35641 (Ch) Age 20

GRANT, Charles Harry, Able Seaman, J 46342 (Ch) Age 21

GRIFFIN, Harry John, Able Seaman, SS 4551 (Ch) Age 22

HIBBLE, Douglas Charles, Able Seaman, J 27502 (Ch) Age 20

HOLEWELL, James J, Able Seaman, 224826 (Ch) Age 30

HOUSTON, Thomas, Able Seaman (RFR B 4430), 205531 (Ch) Age 33

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

LOWE, Bertie B, Able Seaman, J 51704 (Ch) Age 20

MUGGLETON, Reginald Samuel, Able Seaman, J 16169 (Ch) Age 22

REED, Alfred, Able Seaman, 213434 (Ch) Age 31

PHILO, Charles John, Able Seaman, 150621 (Ch) Age 43

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

RYAN, Edward, Christopher, Able Seaman, J 47790 (Ch) Age 29

SUGDEN, Thomas Edward, Able Seaman, 217373 (Ch) Age 32

SUMMERVILLE, Richard, Able Seaman, J 25733 (Ch) Age 19

SEDGE, William Alfred, Stoker Petty Officer, K 2977 (Ch) Age 28

CROWHURST, Archie Arthur, Stoker Petty Officer, K 8223 (Ch) Age 26

DUFFY, Alexander Thomas, Stoker Petty Officer, 310731 (Ch) Age 29

RICHARDS, John J, Stoker Petty Officer, 309587 (Ch) Age 30

SPENCER, Alfred Henry, Act/Stoker Petty Officer, 303869 (Ch) Age 32

INGRAM, John, Chief Stoker, 284222 (Ch) Age 40

ROBINSON, Alfred George, Leading Stoker, 307831 (Po) Age 31

HONEYSETT, Frederick John, Leading Stoker, K 8193 (Ch) Age 25

For some more information on Frederick John Honeysett, click on the link below:

LUFF, Henry James, Leading Stoker, K 18123 (Po) Age 24

SMALLEY, Harry, Act/Leading Stoker, K 7481 (Ch) Age 26

BRIGHT, Albert Edward, Stoker 1c, K 15549 (Ch) Age 23

BOLTON, Thomas William, Stoker 1c, K 28799 (Ch) Age 29

CHAMBERS, Arthur John Askew, Stoker 1c, K 33586 (Po) Age 25

JANE, Sydney Edgar, Stoker 1c, K 26251 (Ch) Age 20

WALKER, Albert Ernest, Stoker 1c, K 28139 (Ch) Age 20

WARD, Charles Ernest, Stoker 1c, K 26128 (Ch) Age 20

WHITING, Arthur Sidney, Stoker 1c, K 26104 (Ch) Age 20

WOOSTER, Albert Edward, Stoker 1c, K 6995 (Ch) Age 29

O’NEILL, Harry John, Stoker 1c, K 27373 (Ch) Age 21

OGILVIE, Francis Hay, Stoker 1c, K 33760 (Po) Age 32

PAVITT, Frederick Benjamin, Stoker 1c, 280876 (Ch) Age 41

PERRY, Herbert James, Stoker 1c, SS 116079 (Ch) Age 21

CLARKE, Frederick William, Stoker 1c, 285574 (Ch) Age 41

HILLS, Henry John, Stoker 1c, K 28369 (Ch) Age 38

KING, Thomas John, Stoker 1c, K 29184 (Ch) Age 32

KNIGHT, Frederick Cyril, Stoker 1c, K 12028 (Ch) Age 22

FAIRWEATHER, Jack Ryan, Stoker 2c, K 40836 (Ch) Age 19

BASS, Henry William, Signalman, J. 20860. (Ch) Age 21

The Survivors

BAILEY, John Frederick, Ordinary Seaman

DEVERILL, Joseph William, Able Seaman

FREEMAN, John Richard Dudley, Sub-Lieut

GRUMMITT, Ernest William, Able Seaman

LOUGHRAN, Michael, Able Seaman

MARSH, Frederick William, Sub-Lieut

McLEOD, William, Able Seaman

SKIDMORE, James, Able Seaman

STEDMAN, David, Officer’s Cook 2nd Class

WEBB, Walter, Petty Officer


HMS Mary Rose WW1 100th Anniversary 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

CLARKE, Alexander Alfred Cairo, Able Seaman, 199515 (Dev) – Age 34

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:

Information board on Portsmouth Naval Memorial – Credit: Liz Jones

Sue’s Write Up: At 11 o’clock on Sunday 15th October 2017 on a much clearer day than in Plymouth, I laid the Wreath at Portsmouth Naval Memorial, remembering HMS Mary Rose crew members who are recorded here:


LEVER, Cyril Harry, Ordinary Telegraphist, J 39633 (Dev) – Age 18

SIMMONS, Robert, Ordinary Seaman, J 36290 (Po) – Age 18

Robert Simmons Panel 25 – Credit: Liz Jones

DANN, Leonard Edward, Able Seaman, J 26346 (Po) – Age 20

CLARK, John, Able Seaman, 207167 (Po) – Age 34

Henry James Luff Panel 26 – Credit Liz Jones

ROBINSON, Alfred George, Leading Stoker, 307831 (Po) – Age 31 

LUFF, Henry James, Leading Stoker, K 18123 (Po) – Age 24

Arthur John Askew Chamber Panel 26 – Credit: Liz Jones

CHAMBERS, Arthur John Askew, Stoker 1c, K 33586 (Po) – Age 25

OGILVIE, Francis Hay, Stoker 1c, K 33760 (Po) – Age 32




This time I was accompanied by my friend Liz Jones (who also has a couple of One-Name Studies registered with the Guild of One-name Studies, in the names of Denman & Wilsman) Liz was also on hand to take plenty of photo’s which I’m adding some here and a video (which has to be edited first, then I’ll post here too). We read out the names of all the crew members recorded here and played the Last Post via the link on the Royal British Legion website.


Sue Church reflecting on the names on the Panels at Portsmouth after laying the Wreath – Credit: Liz Jones


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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Sue’s Write Up: The final event on my 6 day tour to remember the crew of HMS Mary Rose on this 100th anniversary, was always going to be a VERY emotional one. During my research over the last 5 years, I have learnt of the hardships men serving in the Royal Navy endured during War time. On my own voyage of discovery to learn more about the events of the 17th October 1917, I have learnt a lot about the Ultimate act a man or woman can make, giving their lives for King and Country. But, HMS Mary Rose was only one of TWO Royal Navy ships caught up in this incident, HMS Strongbow was the second Class M Destroyer in the convoy on this fateful day. Having tried unsuccessfully to contact anyone who was ‘Remembering’ HMS Strongbow on this day too, I was SO pleased on the morning of the 17th October, to have been contacted on the project Facebook page, by Carl Lewis and his father Roger Lewis, who were also planning to lay a wreath on behalf of the crew of HMS Strongbow and asked if they could join in our event and service. Having Carl Lewis and his family attending this service made it a truly special day for me and the other family members present.

Michael Webb and Sue Church with Royal British Legion representatives: Geoff Lees and John Clayton waiting at Chatham Naval Memorial gates – Credit: Frank Baldwin



Carl Lewis with Royal British Legion representatives: Geoff Lees and John Clayton waiting at Chatham Naval Memorial gates – Credit: Frank Baldwin




Service attendees arriving at Chatham Naval Memorial – Credit: Frank Baldwin
Service attendees arriving at Chatham Naval Memorial – Credit: Frank Baldwin








So under a dull sky we all gathered together at 10:30 at Chatham Naval Memorial, in attendance were:

The Rev’d. Fr.David Wylie Royal Navy (Chaplain HMS Collingwood)

Michael Webb – relative of Walter Webb (HMS Mary Rose Survivor)

John Glyn – relative of Herbert Charles Glyn (HMS Mary Rose)

Sue Church– relative of Thomas Edward Teear (HMS Mary Rose)

Frank Baldwin – cousin of myself (Chief Photographer)

Carl Lewis – relative John William Lewis (HMS Strongbow) with his wife, Jennifer, father & mother Roger and Linda Lewis

Geoff LeesJohn Clayton (Royal British Legion)

Chatham Naval Memorial Service attendees – Credit: Frank Baldwin



The days event started with a historical introduction by myself, followed by Rev’d Fr. David Wylie who lead a very moving service, which at times I found it difficult to join in vocally (See link below for the Order of Service)

HMS Mary Rose Remembrance centenary 2017


100th Anniversary Memorial Service at Chatham Naval Memorial on the 17th October 2017 – Credit: Frank Baldwin


Sue Church delivering a historical introduction to proceedings – Credit: Frank Baldwin






Sharpe family of New Zealand – Jim (76), Fred (78), Hilda (81), Tom (83), Bob (85), Jack (86) – Credit: Carl Lewis

Carl Lewis told me on the day, that this 100th Anniversary was also being remembered by the Sharpe family of New Zealand, who’s father Walter Sharpe aged 19 years old and was serving himself on HMS Strongbow.  He had spent 3 hours in the sea before being rescued by a fishing boat off the coast of Shetland and so survived the attack. Family members remembering this event were Walter’s children: Jim, Fred, Hilda, Tom, Bob & Jack.

Thank You to the Sharpe family for your kind thoughts!!!

Sue Church, Michael Webb & John Glyn reading from the Roll of Honour for the HMS Mary Rose crew – Credit: Frank Baldwin

The service included the reading of all the crew names serving on HMS Mary Rose including the 10 Survivors, for this I am grateful to the assistance of Michael Webb and John Glyn, reading 89 names, one get’s a little tongue tired, it was quite apt that as we took turns reading the names, we each got to read our own family members name, quite emotional, I can tell you.

Roger Lewis, Carl Lewis, Sue Church, Michael Webb and John Glyn – Credit: Frank Baldwin



After the Roll of Honour was read out we held a two minutes silence which, was then followed by the ‘Last Post’ (ringing out eerily from my mobile phone) over the hill top, the Wreath laying’s were then made by Sue Church for HMS Mary Rose and by Carl Lewis for HMS Strongbow

Wreath Laying – Credit: Frank Baldwin


Wreath Laying – Credit: Frank Baldwin






HMS Strongbow & HMS Mary Rose wreaths and crosses of Remembrance, against the panels which recorded members of HMS Mary Rose – Credit: Frank Baldwin
Sue Church and Carl Lewis reading some of the names on the panels – Credit: Frank Baldwin







We paid our respects and then laid crosses against the panels with our crew members names, and then we all spent time reading the lists of never ending names.

Afterwards there was a Reception at the King Charles Hotel in Gillingham, where we all gathered for a much needed drink and eats and where we all reflected on the week and days events. United in our thoughts and Forever in Remembrance of these brave men who we have Remembered on this 100th Anniversary.

Credit: Frank Baldwin


Frank Baldwin Quote: “The whole event was incredibly moving and by the end I felt like I had taken part in a small but important piece of history. Well done Sue!””




The Future: I have an extensive collection of records as a result of my 5 year’s research of  the crew of HMS Mary Rose, a Facebook group and as a result of meeting up with Carl Lewis, I shall be further expanding this project to include research on the crew of HMS Strongbow. The Facebook group has been renamed the HMS Mary Rose & HMS Strongbow Memorial Group. I’m hoping by uniting at this 100th Anniversary Event, we can form a bond, that time can not change. I dearly hope that sometime in the future I can organise a event to display all my research and share with people the Lives of our brave Fallen from HMS Mary Rose and HMS Strongbow.


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’)


Thomas Francis McTear b 1849 Ireland

I am excited to have been allowed, with the approval of the connected family in the USA, to share with you some research done on the US family line of Thomas Francis McTear b 1849 Ireland by his descendant Thomas Francis ‘Tommy’ McTear III b 1942 – d 2012.

Thomas Francis McTear b 1849 Ireland

Below is a introduction piece sent to me by John McTear:

“The companion letter addressed to me in July, 1991 was authored by Thomas (Tommy) McTear and summarizes the extensive research he had done on the McTear and McKeown families. He had spent much time in the north of Ireland researching church and local community records tracing the lineage of both families.

One family myth of uncertain origin was the name McTear was changed when our great-grandfather arrived in the US. Tommy’s research proved that to be wrong.

When we were kids, he was Tommy and I was Johnny. That’s why I refer to him as Tommy in this letter.

His research is condensed in the letter along with his humorous and slightly irreverent, commentary. His style of writing reflects the general norms of speech among several generations of McTear’s in the United States. We are a boisterous and irreverent lot for the most part.

Tommy’s grandfather (Thomas) and my grandfather (John) are the first generation born in the US. Brothers Thomas and John married sisters, Margaret and Martha McKeown. Each settled in Philadelphia and are the patriarchs of the McTear clan in Philadelphia.

Thomas settled on 2nd St. in Philadelphia and was in the real estate business. John settled on 8th St. and worked an accountant. The families were close and the cousins spent much time together while growing up.

Tommy is the oldest grandson of Thomas and has an older sister, Mary. I am the oldest grandson of John.

I have found other families named McTear, as I’ve traveled around the US, who were likely not related. There were McTear’s in San Diego CA I located during a business trip in 1970. I wrote to them but they never replied.

There have been at least two almost famous black athletes named McTear over the past 50 years. Solomon McTear was a black boxer from Chicago who was a sparring partner for Mohammed Ali. Another was an almost world-class sprinter from Florida named Houston McTear. Some from my father’s generation believed the name was appropriated from real estate signs in Philadelphia since McTear’s have been in real estate from the first quarter of the 20th century. Nobody knows for sure.

When Tommy sent me his letter, he was hoping I would try to continue research in the genealogical records of the Mormon Church since I was living in the Salt Lake City area. Sadly, I never did.

I left the Philadelphia area in 1974 and may have been the first of this clan to have done so. I moved frequently and with no email or Facebook to rely on, lost contact with almost all the cousins and their families. I occasionally find relatives on FB but I don’t know if anyone has continued with a family tree beyond Tommy’s research.

Over the years, there have been several McTear descendants from different generations query about family history. When they do, I send them Tommy’s letter.

Tommy’s work is a treasure. His letter reveals his humor along with his extensive and serious research. His widow, Nancy has agreed to allow his letter to be posted and published on web sites. We want to be sure the work is attributed to Tommy.

By clicking on the below, you will be able to read for yourselves the research done by Tommy McTear

McTear genealogy Tom McTear 1991



Above are the US Naturalization Papers of Thomas Francis McTear

(details below)

Name Thomas McTear
Declaration Age 41
Record Type Declaration
Birth Date abt 1846
Birth Place Ireland
Declaration Date 30 Aug 1887
Declaration Place Pennsylvania, USA

Additional Research:

Naturally I have been looking at Tom’s research to see if I could add anymore to this US McTear line. Hopefully  you will have read Tom’s work and spotted that he mentions two other children for Thomas and Mary Jane (nee Black) McTear. The family had originally thought these two children may have been born out of wedlock, possibly in Ireland, before the family emigrated to the USA. I have since come across two documents which show that both Mary and Joseph were actually born and died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Burial Entry for Joseph b19 March 1878 – died 23rd December 1886

 Joseph McTear was born in Philadelphia on the 19 March 1878 and is recorded in the 1880 Census for the family, he died aged 8 on the 23rd December 1886 and was buried on the 31st December as recorded in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1669-1999. How sad this must have been for the family with his death occurring just before Christmas.

Burial entry for Mary McTear b abt 1885 – d 09 July 1886

 Mary McTear was also born (in between census records, possibly why she was missed in Tom’s research) in Philadelphia in abt May 1885 and died aged 13 months on 09 July 1886 and her burial was on the 11 July 1886, again this has been sourced in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1669-1999.

How sad to have had two young children pass away so close in the same year, it must have been a really hard time for the family.

McTear US Directories

McTear US Directories

The McTear name has been found right across the USA and are recorded in 24 of the country’s states: Alabama, Arkansa, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.

(By clicking on the main heading above, you will be able to see ALL the listings of the McTear name found in the US City Directories from 1822-1995)

I have attached examples from some states so you can see some more of the details and content: 

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Florida                                                   Kansas



Pennsylvania                                       Texas



Massachusetts                                      Alabama



The Crew and their Families

Researching the Crew

Over 5 years of researching the HMS Mary Rose crew, has resulted in a large amount of photo’s,records (including many of their Naval Records from the National Archives) documents and information for most of the crew members, using the information from these records I have been able to draw up Individual Reports for them. (these are in alphabetical order, so just scroll down and click on a surname that interests you and you will see their report)

Individual Report William Bertie Aspland

Individual Report Henry Avery

Individual Report Ivan Curror Christie Barclay

Individual Report for Dennis Hammond BARRACLOUGH

Individual Report Henry William Bass

Individual Report for Anthony James Bavin

Individual Report John Edward Bell

Individual Report William John Blackwood

Individual Report Arthur Stanley Bolton

Individual Report Thomas William Bolton

Individual Report Henry George Bowden

Individual Report Albert Edward Bright

Individual Report Thomas Brown

Individual Report John Reuben Cains

Individual Report Daniel Elliott Carss Carse

Individual Report for James Albert Caseman

Individual Report Arthur John Askew Chambers

Individual Report Alexander Alfred Cairo Clarke

Individual Report Frank Clarke

Individual Report Frederick William Clarke

Individual Report for William Howie Cleghorn

Individual Report Henry Joseph Clissold

Individual Report Frederick James Collett

Individual Report Ernest William Coxon

Individual Report Archie Arthur Crowhurst

Individual Report Leonard Edward Dann

Individual Report Henry Joseph Dover

Individual Report Alexander Thomas Duffy

Individual Report Joseph Dymond

Individual Report Albert Charles Elmer

Individual Report Jack Ryan Fairweather

Individual Report for Charles Leonard Fox

Individual Report Albert Edward French

Individual Report Cyril Bertram Leonard Gill

Individual Report Herbert Charles Glyn

Individual Report Charles Harry Grant

Individual Report Harry John Griffin

Individual Report for Isaac Hancock

Individual Report William Hayward

Individual Report Frederick Healds

Individual Report Joseph Arnold Leslie Hepworth

Individual Report Douglas Charles Hibble

Individual Report Henry John Hills

Individual Report Alfred Holden

Individual Report James Holewell

Individual Report Frederick John Honeysett

Individual Report for Thomas Houston

Individual Report John Ingram

Individual Report Sydney Edgar Jane

Individual Report for Richard Jones

Individual Report Frederick Charles Knight

Individual Report William Lainchbury

Individual Report Cyril Harry Lever

Individual Report Bertie Lowe

Individual Report Henry James Luff

Individual Report Cyril Harry Lever

Individual Report Richard Marks

Individual Report Hamilton Herries Milligan

Individual Report for Archibald Douglas Moir

Individual Report Reginald Sam Muggleton

Individual Report Francis Hay Ogilvie

Individual Report Harry John O’Neill

Individual Report George Turner Paton

Individual Report for Frederick Benjamin Pavitt

Individual Report for Robert Ernest Perkins

Individual Report Herbert James Perry

Individual Report Charles John PHILO

Individual Report William Polwarth

Individual Report Alfred Prest

Individual Report Alfred Reed

Individual Report John Richards

Individual Report Alfred George Robinson

Individual Report Edward Christopher Ryan

Individual Report William Alfred Sedge

Individual Report Robert Simmons

Individual Report Harry Smalley

Individual Report Alfred Henry Spencer

Individual Report Thomas Edward Sugden

Individual Report Richard Summerville

Individual Report Thomas Edward Teear

Individual Report Frederick James Toms

Individual Report Albert Ernest Walker

Individual Report Charles Ernest Ward

Individual Report Arthur Sidney Whiting

Individual Report Albert Edward Wooster

Memorial Places – Where to find a Crew Member’s memorial

 Most of the crew members names can be found recorded at Chatham, Portsmouth and Plymouth Naval Memorials, some are also recorded nearer to home. However 4 men are buried in Lerwick and in Fredrikstad, Norway. (if you click on the link below the places mentioned below you will find information about each place. A link next to a name will take you to another memorial where they are recorded)

Plymouth Naval Memorial – 29th July 1924

Bell, John Edward
Hancock, Isaac
Teear, Thomas Edward
Toms, Frederick James

Portsmouth Naval Memorial – 15th October 1924

Chambers, Arthur John Askew
Clark, John
Clarke Alexander Alfred Cairo
Dann, Leonard Edward
Lever, Cyril Harry
Luff, Henry James
Ogilvie, Francis Hay
Robinson, Alfred George
Simmons, Robert

Chatham Naval Memorial – 26th April 1924

Aspland, William Bertie Hibble, Douglas Charles
Avery, Henry Hills, Henry John
Barclay, Ivan Curror Christie Holewell, James J
Barraclough, Dennis Hammond Honeysett, Frederick John
Bass, Henry William Houston Thomas T
Bavin, Anthony James Ingram, John
Blackwood, William John Jane, Sydney Edgar
Bolton, Arthur Stanley King, Thomas John
Bolton, Thomas William Knight, Frederick Charles
Bowden, Henry George Lainchbury, William
Bright, Albert Edward Lowe, Bertie B
Brown, Thomas Marks, Richard
Cains, John Reuben Milligan, Hailton Harries
Carss/Carse Daniel Elliott Moir, Archibald Douglas
Caseman, James Albert Muggleton, Reginald Samuel
Clarke Frederick William O’Neill, Harry John
Cleghorn, William Howie Paton, George Turner
Clissold, Henry Joseph Pavitt, Frederick Benjamin
Collett, Frederick James Perkins, Robert Ernest
Coxon, Ernest William Perry, Herbert James
Crowhurst, Archie Arthur Philo, Charles John
Duffy, Alexander Thomas Polwarth, William
Dymond, Joseph C Prest, Alfred
Fairweather, Jack Ryan Reed, Alfred
Fox, Charles Leonard Richards, John J
French, Albert Edward Ryan, Edward Christopher
Gill, Cyril Bertram Leonard Sedge, William Alfred
Glyn, Herbert Charles Smalley, Harry
Grant, Charles Harry Spencer, Alfred Henry
Griffin, Harry John Sugden, Thomas Edward
Hayward, William Summerville, Richard R
Healds, Frederick F Walker, Albert Ernest
Hepworth, Joseph Arnold Leslie Whiting, Arthur Sidney
Wooster, Albert Edward

Fredrikstad, Norway

Holden, Alfred
Ward, Charles Ernest

Lerwick, Shetland

Dover, Henry Joseph
Elmer, Albert Charles



US Tear Directories

Tear US Directories

The Tear name has been found right across the USA and are recorded in 34 of the country’s states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont & Virginia.

(By clicking on the main heading above, you will be able to see ALL the listings of the Tear name found in the US City Directories from 1822-1995)

I have attached examples from some states so you can see some more of the details and content: 

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Illinois                                                                             California

1915 entry for Daniel A, Henry R, Julia F (Teacher) & Mary R (Teacher) Tear, living in Chicago, Illinois
1916 entry for Henry C, Mary D & Bessie E Tear, living in Pasadena, California









North Dakota                                                                  Kansas

1896 entry for J W, G D, John H, A L, H M & M M Tear, living in Wichita, Kansas
1910 entry for Charles, George & Lace in Dickinson, North Dakota








Tennessee                                                                    Ohio

1903 entry for Narcissa Tear, a Cook living in Nashville Tennessee
1869 entry for Cealy Tear (Fireman) & Frederic Tear (Labourer) in Cleveland, Ohio









Early Connections of the Teear name in Saddington & Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire


Through the research done of the Teear family name, the earliest links for the name have been found in the villages Husbands Bosworth, the ‘Hot Spot’ of the Teear name and the nearby village of Saddington in Leicestershire, to which the first mention of the names has been recorded.

(St Helen’s Parish church in Saddington is situated opposite the Queens Head public house on Main street)

St Helen’s Parish church in Saddington

Joseph Teear b 1651 and sister Elizabeth b 1653 the children of a John Teear of Saddington who’s baptisms were recorded at the Parish Church of St Helen’s in the village. You can find out more about St Helen’s by clicking on this link:

The Teear name appears to have been connected to the village of Saddington for about 50+ years from at least 1651 – 1712. As with later generations, the Teear family had strong connections with St Helen’s Parish Church. My 7x Great Grandfather Joseph Teear b 1707 in Saddington is recorded as a Church Wardern here in 1728 and his own father John Teear also had connections to the church working alongside the Church Wardens in 1658. Although a number of Teear family members died in the village I could not find any of their headstones in the graveyard of St Helen’s.


The village of Husbands Bosworth in Leicestershire is very much the ‘Hot Spot’ for  the Teear surname. The family name has been connected to the village since  1729, with the last know living Teear moving out from the village to nearby Welford in Northamptonshire around 2005. I soon discovered on my very first visit to the village in 2011 that they were a well known surname. I bumped into a lovely chap who as soon as I mentioned the name, started telling me some wonderful stories related to the Teear family.

All Saint’s Parish church, Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire

My 6 x Great Grandfather Joseph Teear b 1707 in Saddington, moved into the village of Husbands Bosworth after marrying Sarah Ward in nearby Foxton, Leicestershire in 1728.

(All Saint’s Parish church is situated on the corner of the main road which runs through the village, opposite Bosworth Hall Park Lodge at the end of the village on the Theddingworth road)

You can find out more about the history village of Husbands Bosworth via this link:

In the Will of my 6 x Great Grandfather Joseph Teear it is mentioned that his profession was that of a Victualler, not really much of a surprise to me as on my first visit to the village in 2011 I was told that there was once 16 pubs in the village and it’s not that BIG a village.

As early as 1741 Joseph Teear was clearly a man with some money as he is listed in the UK Poll Book Records for that year.

(as we all know in those days you were only entitled to Vote if you were in the Poll Books and to be in them you had to have had a decent amount of money or own property, for which you needed money)

His son Robert Teear, my 5x Great Grandfather was also a Victualler, in 1775 at the Red Lion Inn (see image below) as he too is recorded in the UK Poll Books for 1775

UK Poll Book 1775 entry for Robert Teear


34 Main Street, Husbands Bosworth, formally the Red Lion Inn







Despite all my searches of the graveyard at All Saint’s parish church and although from parish burial records I knew he WAS buried their, I can find no headstone for Joseph Teear or his wife Sarah (nee Ward). However, I did find a very large one for his son Robert Teear b 1734 my 5 x Great Grandfather and his wife Elizabeth (nee Russell), in fact it was so large I had missed it on a recent visit to the village, guess I wasn’t expecting to find a big one as I did.

Robert & Elizabeth Teear’s headstone in All Saint’s Churchyard in Husbands Bosworth

I kind of had a ‘Eureka’ moment as I was looking through the archives of the Husbands Bosworth Historical Society one day and looking through a book which listed the burials at All Saint’s, I spotted the entry, jumped out of my chair and almost ran down to the church to search for it. How the heck I missed it before I do not know as it was LARGE (well for the Teear’s anyway)

  (As you can see below Robert’s & Elizabeth’s headstone is situated right next to a Yew tree, right outside the church door on the west side of the church)

Westside Door and Yew Tree location at All Saint’s Parish Church, Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire

Robert Teear b 1734 died in 1812 aged 78 years of age and he was buried on the 26th August 1812 by curate W.Roberts, 9 years after his wife Elizabeth (nee Russell).


Interestingly I spotted a very odd item tucked away in the corner of All Saint’s church on another visit and when I asked about it, was told it was the mode of transport many years ago which took a village member to their final resting place, kind of got me wondering how many of the Teear family had made their last journey this way too.

Funeral cart found in All Saint’s parish church in Husbands Bosworth

“A little story to tell about the day I found the headstone Robert & Elizabeth (nee Russell) Teear. Apart from running down the high street knocking folk out the way as I ran (no not really) When I finally found their headstone, a very strange thing happened. It had been a dull day and had been raining a bit (common weather for gravestone hunting I know) when I spotted the headstone I knelt down before it and said a few meaningful words, then all of a sudden the clouds broke and a ray of sunshine poured down on their grave, it was a very emotional moment I can tell you that”


US Teare Directories

Teare USA Directories

The Teare name has been found right across the USA and are recorded in no fewer than 43 of the country’s states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Caroline, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

(By clicking on the main heading above, you will be able to see ALL the listings of the Teare name found in the US City Directories from 1822-1995)

I have attached examples from some states so you can see some more of the details and content:      

click on this link to explore the USA,-103.6358427,6z 

Arizona                                                                            California

1895 entry for J H Teare, a Bartender in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona
1939 Sacramento, California entry for Jas & Laura B Teare, Farmer at Elk Grove

Georgia                                                                      Hawaii

1982 entry for Rev Darrell Teare and 1102 Kukila Place, Hawaii
1955 entry for Everett & Mary L Teare, United States Air force, living in Savannah, Georgia

   Iowa                                                                             Kansas 

1958 entry for Doanld (Sales manager) Juanita and Marion (Student) Teare living in Manhattan, Kansa
1881 entry for J & Mrs J Teare, Traveling Salesman living in Dubuque, Iowa