Dover Express, October 30th 1914
The Dover Fleet in Action
Admiralty late last night issued the following communication –
The British Naval Flotilla
continues to support the Allies left, and since the morning of
the 27th the fire of 12in. guns has been brought to
bear upon the German positions and batteries. The reports
received from shore testify to the effect and accuracy of the
fire, and its galling character. The flank is thus thoroughly
Yesterday and the day before
the enemy brought up heavy guns and replied vigorously to the
fore of Admiral Hood’s ships. The vessels only received trifling
structural damage. Today the opposition from the shore has
practically ceased, and the preponderance of the naval gunnery
seems to be established.
The casualties have been slight
throughout, but one shell exploded on the destroyer “Falcon”
killed one officer and eight men, and wounded one officer and
fifteen men (*). One officer killed and several wounded are also
reported from the “Brilliant” and eight wounded in the Rinaldo.
A full list will be published as soon as possible. Enemy’s
submarines have been reported seeking opportunity to attack the
bombarding ships, which are covered by British destroyers.
The news was generally known
throughout Dover yesterday, that the destroyer “Falcon” had had
eight men killed, including an officer as well as fifteen
wounded. The bodies of the men were brought to Dover and placed
in the mortuary at the Prince of Wales Pier, the wounded taken
to Deal. The “Falcon” is one of the destroyers, which has been
at Dover for a good many years, and the crew are well known in
the town. The officer killed has been with the boat since 1912,
and the deepest sympathy is felt throughout the town at the
misfortune that befell the boat.
*28th October 1914
The Secretary of the Admiralty
regrets to announce the following casualties.
Lieutenant Hubert O. Wauton
Gunner R. N. Mr. Ernest Smith.
Stoker 1st Class Joseph Henry Bradford.
Stoker P. O. Charles Beaney
Petty Officer Chappell.
Seaman William George Coath.
Stoker 1st Class William Heathcote Gee
Seaman Arthur Darwin.
Seaman Robert Howle.
Seaman Harry Hedges
Stoker 2nd Class William Farquhar.
Chief Stoker Harry Shergold.
Seaman Ralph Nutt
Leading Stoker Edward James Gollop.
Seaman William Skye
Stoker 2nd Class Walter Richard Howes.
Seaman Adolphus Charles Sunderland
Leading Seaman Arthur Frederick Jenkinson.
Seaman Albert Ernest Vidler
Officer's Steward 2nd Class Ernest Port.
Seaman George Reeves.
Stoker 2nd Class William Henry Robinson.
Leading Stoker William Henry Sharman
Stoker 1st Class Thomas Alfred Storer.
The Falcon Disaster.
Lieut. H. O. Wauton.
scenes were witnessed on Saturday afternoon, when Lieut. H. O.
Wauton, one of the unfortunate victims of the disaster to HM.S.
“Falcon” was interred at Charlton Cemetery with full naval
honours in the presence of a very large number of people.
The band of
the 3rd East Surrey Regiment preceded the coffin, which was
borne to the cemetery upon a gun carriage. The deceased father
followed directly behind the gun carriage. Naval officers acted
as pallbearers, and seaman as bearers, and a number of officers
and men, with a firing party followed the cortege, including
representatives of the Dover Garrison.
conclusion of the service three volleys were fired, the “First
Post” and “Second Post” being sounded by a naval trumpeter in
the intervals, and concluding with the “Last Post.”
mourners were the Rev. Atherton Wauton (father) Mrs. Wauton
(step mother) Miss Winifred Wauton (sister) Mr. Charles Wauton
(uncle) Miss Catherine Curtis (aunt) Messrs. Frederick D.
Curtis, Charles L. Curtis and Walter T. Curtis (uncles) and Mr.
A. P. Braybrooke.
bore the following inscription – “Hubert Osmond Wauton, Lieut,
died October 28th 1914, aged 29 years.”
tributes were sent as follows – To my darling Hubert, with my
best love, from his sister, To my darling Hubert, in ever loving
remembrance from his devoted aunt, from Ruthie and Walter, in
loving memory from Uncle Fred and Charlie, with best love, from
Betty, with loving memory and sincere regret from, Grandmother
Curtis, October 30th (T.W.) Captain and Ward Room
Officers H.M.S “Foresight” with sincere sympathy from a friend
(Dover). With deepest regret, from Mr. and Mrs Hodgkin’s Saul,
with deep regret and sincerest sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs Arthur
H. V. Rollaston.
arrangements were carried out by Mr. J. Parsons.
Lieut. Hubert Wauton, R.N.
Commander of H.M.S. Falcon
Fell in Action
Oct. 28 1914
He Did His Duty
Q. H. 12)
other servicemen, who lost their lives in WW1, are buried nearby
in Charlton cemetery.
Hugh Stanton Hornby, who was in command of H.M. submarine 26,
died 1st May 1916 in the Royal Victoria Hospital
Dover, age 26 years. Hugh was buried with full naval honours.
Plot No. Q. H. 4.
Lieutenant Harold Rosher was killed whilst flying over Dover
February 27th 1916. The disaster happened just before
the sinking of the “SS Maloja” Harold aged 22 years was buried
with full naval honours. Plot No. Q. H 8.
by J. Banks.