Memorial: M4962

Memorial at Clonmel Old Church Cemetery, Cobh, County Cork, Republic of Ireland commemorating the 12 officers and crew who lost their lives following the accident on HMS ‘Mars’ on 14 April 1902

Location

Clonmel Old Church Cemetery, Cobh, County Cork, Republic of Ireland

Transcript

‘Sacred / TO THE MEMORY / OF / THE OFFICERS AND MEN OF / H.M. SHIP ‘MARS’ / WHO LOST THEIR LIVES THROUGH A GUN ACCIDENT / THAT OCCURRED ON BOARD THAT SHIP / ON THE 14TH OF APRIL 1902 / WHILST AT SEA / OFF THE WEST COAST OF IRELAND / THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED / BY THE OFFICERS AND MEN OF / H.M. SHIPS 'JUPITER' AND ‘MARS' / LIEUTENANT JAMES H.S. BOURNE / LIEUTENANT TOM C. MILLER / CHIEF E.R.A. EDWIN SUTTON / PETTY OFFICER FIRST CLASS GEORGE H. HOPKINS / PETTY OFFICER FIRST CLASS HENRY J HUMPHREYS / LEADING SEAMAN EDWARD J.C. BROWN / ABLE SEAMAN ALFRED SHIPTON / ABLE SEAMAN SEPTUS H.G. BARNETT / ABLE SEAMAN THOMAS W PORTER / ABLE SEAMAN SAMUEL J. THOMAS / ABLE SEAMAN FRANK H. BARTON / ABLE SEAMAN ELLIS G. COLLINS / LIEUTENANT MILLER WAS BURIED AT WEYMOUTH DORSET / PETTY OFFICERS FIRST CLASS HUMPHERYS AND HOPKINS / WERE BURIED AT SEA. / OTHERS LIE BURIED WITHIN THIS ENCLOSURE.

Details

Description: An anchor suspended from a cross set on a rocky plinth. Chain cable is wrapped round the cross and the anchor.
Type: Memorial
Position: Graveyard
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS Mars

People

Barnett, Septus G. W.
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 14/4/1902
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Barton, Frank W.
Age: 24
Date of Death: 14/4/1902
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Bourne, James H. S.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/4/1902
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Browne, Edward J. G.
Age: 23
Date of Death: 14/4/1902
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Leading Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Collins, Ellis G.
Age: 26
Date of Death: 14/4/1902
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Hopkins, George H.
Age: 32
Date of Death: 14/4/1902
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Petty Officer RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Humphreys, Henry J.
Age: 33
Date of Death: 14/4/1902
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Petty Officer RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Miller, Tom C.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/4/1902
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Porter, Thomas W.
Age: 24
Date of Death: 14/4/1902
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Shipton, Alfred
Age: 26
Date of Death: 14/4/1902
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Sutton, Edwin
Age: 34
Date of Death: 14/4/1902
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Chief Petty Officer RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Thomas, Samuel J.
Age: 24
Date of Death: 14/4/1902
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: The crew members were manning a gun turret when a charge exploded during gunnery exercises.

Bibliography: 'Navy News' (Oct 2001) p. 26. 'Family Tree Magazine' (June 2005) p. 34.

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