SKELTON - IN - CLEVELAND
IN HISTORY

"WE WILL REMEMBER THEM"


Stoker 1st Class GEORGE WEBSTER

K/586, H.M.S. "Black Prince" Royal Navy

who died, age 28, on 31st May 1916

Son of Annie Webster, of 24 Green Rd, Skelton-in-Cleveland, Yorks and the late James Webster.




At the census of 1901 George was 13, living in Green Rd and had been born in Skelton.
His father James, born in Faceby Yorks was an Ironstone miner.
He had an elder brother, John, age 22 and 4 sisters - Rose 16, Emily 10, Alice 6 and Marion 2.


HMS Black Prince was a Cruiser and part of the British Fleet at the Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916.
It was sunk with all hands.

It appears HMS Black Prince was hit and crippled early on by German gunfire.
The Captain was ordered to return home.
But, instead, he decided he wanted to fight on and followed the fleet at reduced speed.
Of course, the ship was a "sitting duck" and when spotted by the Germans later was hit and sunk.