Biography of Stoker 1st Class Joseph Henry Stennett (K/22930)
Royal Navy
Died 3rd January 1918

Sailor

  • Name: Joseph Henry Stennett
    Date of birth: 12th August 1895
    Place of Birth: Horbling, Lincolnshire, England
    Date of Birth Registration: July – September 1895
    Place of Birth Registration: Bourne District
Father

  • Name: William Stennett
  • DOB: 1862
  • Place of Birth: Billingborough, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: Journeyman butcher
Mother

  • Name: Alice Doughty
  • DOB: 1865
  • Place Of Birth: Kirton, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage: 1888 Stamford District
Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Alice Maud Stennett, 1890, Billingborough
  • Joseph Henry Stennett, 1895, Horbling
    Urania Fanny Stennett, 1905, Horbling
    Plus 2 more whose names are unknown taken from the 1911 census
Census

  • 1901: Joseph is living with his parents in Horbling, Lincolnshire
  • 1911: Joseph is living with the Pattern family in Donington, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 15 and he is listed as a bakers assistant.
Relatives in services

  • None found
Marriage

  • No marriage for Joseph has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.
Newspaper Mentions

  • Lincolnshire Echo Monday 4th February 1918
  • LINCOLNSHIRE DAY BY DAY
    Mr and Mrs Stennett of Horbling, near Billingborough, have received the sad news that their only son, Jos. Hy. Stennett, has given his life for his country. The notice received from the Admiralty records that he lost his life while on duty on one of H.M. ships on war service. Deceased, who was 22 years of age, was a first-class stoker, and only joined the Navy about a month before the outbreak of hostilities.

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • Available
Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • None found
Pension Records

  • None found
Medals

  • The British Medal
    The Victory Medal
    The 14/15 Star
Memorials

  • UK:
  • Horbling, Roll of Honour in Horbling St Andrews Church

 

  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In memory of Stoker 1st Class Joseph Henry Stennett K/22930, H.M. S/M. “G8.”, Royal Navy who died on 03 January 1918 Age 22
    Son of William and Alice Stennett, of Horbling, Billingborough, Lincs.
    Remembered with honour, Portsmouth Naval Memorial
    .

© Photo courtesy of Eric Gray

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

Military Service Timeline

  • Joseph joined the Navy in July 1914 and signed up for a period of 12 years, this was one month before the war was declared. On the 21st July Joseph was posted to HMS Victory II, a shore station based at Crystal Palace and Sydenham, for initial training and remained here until the 27th December 1914 listed as a stoker. Following this initial training period he was posted to HMS Inconstant, as stoker 2nd class. HMS Inconstant was an Arethusa-class cruiser and was designed to lead destroyers into battle, launched on the 6th July 1914. HMS Inconstant joined the 1st Light Cruiser Squadron at Rosyth in February 1915. Joseph was promoted to stoker 1st class on the 2nd August 1915, staying with the ship until 7th December 1916. H.M.S. Inconstant and Joseph saw action during the Battle of Jutland.
    On the 8th December 1916 Joseph was posted to HMS Dolphin a shore station near Gosport that was a submarine base and used as a training facility, he remained here only for a short period and on the 3rd January 1917 was posted to HMS Lucia.H.M.S. Lucia was a german built warship captured in September 1914 and then refitted as a submarine supply ship on the Clyde in 1916. During his period with the Lucia she was stationed on the Tees, at the South Bank, Middlesborough and the Lucia was working as a supply vessel for the 10th Submarine Flotilla. Joseph was posted onto H.M. Submarine G8, a G class submarine launched in 1917 for long range work with a crew of 31, she was attached to the 10th (Tees) Flotilla as a submarine hunter in the North Sea but Jospeh, for Naval accounting purposes was still attached to HMS Lucia.Although working as part of the 10th Flotilla, G8 spent most of 1917 working out of Scapa Flow, her patrols were North of Shetland to Norway, Skagerrak, Kattegat and Horns Reef.

    Jospeh Stennett left the Tees on G8, from the Lucia, on 27 December 1917, leaving with the submarine G12 and the destroyer HMS Medea, bound for Kattegat and then ordered to start her return to base on the 3rd of January, their mission was to hunt for two armed German steamboats.
    G8 never returned from her patrol and was officially declared missing on the 14th January 1918. The cause of her demise remains unknown officially but it is believed she hit a mine, going down with all hands just off the coast of Denmark near Jutland.
    The position of a wreck that was found in 2011 was on part of Route Blue, a narrow gap in the German defensive minefield that guard the entrance to the Baltic. This is believed to be the G8 and the dive team confirmed that the diesel engines were not running and the electric engine was on slow with the periscope raised indicating that she was hunting for her pray, below the surface when she hit a mine. Although the conning tower was raised the rest of the wreck has been untouched and left as a war grave.

Sources

  • WW1 Soldier’s Records (www.ancestry.co.uk)
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • British Newspaper Archive.

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