Rank: Stoker 1st Class
Service Number:SS/109475.
Regiment: H.M.S. "Recruit." Royal Navy
Killed In Action Saturday 1st May 1915
Age 23
County Memorial MarstonWincham
Commemorated\Buried Chatham Naval Memorial
Grave\Panel Ref: 11.
CountryUnited Kingdom

Arthur Henry's Story.

Arthur Henry Bannister was born in Wincham, Cheshire in 1892, one of eight children born to Thomas (a cab proprietor) and Sarah (a cab proprietor) of 22-24 Church Street, Wincham, later moving to 47, Wincham Lane, Wincham.

Arthur joined the Royal Navy where he became Stoker 1st Class no. SS/109475 aboard H.M.S. Recruit.

Arthur was killed in action on the 1st May 1915.

On that fateful day:

On 1 May 1915 while patrolling with HMS Recruit (1896), she was sunk by torpedo fired from the German submarine UB-6 of the newly formed Flanders Flotilla in the southern North Sea, 30 miles south-west of the Galloper Light Vessel - off the Thames Estuary, England. She broke in two and sank with the loss of 39 men, 4 officers and 22 crewmen were rescued.

Researched and compiled by Tony Davies.