Harwood, T J
THOMAS JOSEPH HARWOOD
Remembered with honour Portsmouth Naval Memorial: Panel 18.
He started his service 29 June 1897 as Boy 2nd Class and was promoted to Boy 1st Class in April 1900. He engaged 5 March 1902 for 12 years service, as an Ordinary Seaman, becoming Stoker 2nd Class 29 August 1904, and promoted to Stoker 1st Class 1 July 1906. He served on many ships during his time in the Navy. He joined the R.F.R. 5 March 1914, and joined H.M.S. Hampshire 24 May 1916. He was killed or died as a direct result of enemy action, when the ship is believed to have struck a mine laid by the German submarine U-75; the ship sank in about 15 minutes. Of over 600 personnel on board, only 12 men managed to reach the shore. His body was not recovered for burial; his widow of Watford was notified of the death.
There is an article about and a Death announcement for Thomas in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 17 June 1916.
Son of Thomas and Eveline/Eveleen (nee WELLS) HARWOOD; husband of Clarissa (nee CLARKE) HARWOOD.
His parents married 23 August 1880 at All Saints, Poplar, London. Thomas possibly died 1935 in the Dorchester, Dorset, district aged 80; Eveline remarried (or not) Alfred PITTS [before 1901].
Thomas was born 5 March 1884 in Poplar or Millwall, London, and married 1912 in the Portsmouth district; they had two children. Clarissa never remarried and died 1966 in the North Bucks district aged 85.
On the 1891 Census, a scholar aged 7 he lived in Poplar, with his parents and three siblings. On the 1901 Census, he was serving with the Navy somewhere! On the 1911 Census, a stoker aged 27, he was serving aboard H.M.S. Minataur stationed in Hong Kong.
RankStoker 1st Class
Date of death05/06/1916
Age at death32
Place of death
NotesAlso recorded as HORWOOD T J in the Borough Roll of Honour
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)