Memorial: M5321

Memorial at Grave Island Cemetery, Chapwani Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania commemorating John May, RN d. 1892


Grave Island Cemetery, Chapwani Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Rest of the World


'John T. May E.R.A. / H.M.S. Philomel / died / 6th May 1892'


Type: Gravestone
Vessel: HMS Philomel


May, John T.
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 6/5/1892
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Engine Room Artificer
Organisation: Royal Navy


Notes: Died whilst HMS 'Philomel' conducting anti-slavery patrols.

2 thoughts on “M5321”

  1. JOHN TOBIAS MAY was born on the 1st Dec 1863 in Plymouth, Devon. His father was Jonathon, himself ex RN and mother Ann Bassett. He married Sarah Jane Pawley on 7th Jan 1886 in Plymouth. He joined the RN on 10th Apr 1889, HMS Indus, Devonport guardship, having served an apprenticship as a fitter and engineer in Devonport Dockyard. He had 4 children, the last being Osmond Kendrick May who was born on 2nd Jun 1892, 27 days after he had died age 28 of Lockjaw (Tetanus) on the 6th May. Johns other ships were HMS Curlew, Vivid and lastly Philomel, which at the time of his death was conducting anti slavery patrols off the east African coast.

    1. Hello Robert,

      Thank you for your comment on M5321. Just to clarify, are they your own notes or the transcript on his gravestone? I ask that I may update his memorial and so that we can provide more information.

      I look forward to hearing from you.

      Kind regards,

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