Leading Seaman Henry “Harry” George Carpenter

Thank you to Patricia Brazier for the following research.

Harry’s full name was Henry George Carpenter. He was born on 2nd May 1887 at Dorking, and baptised on 10th July 1887 at the Parish Church of Dorking. His parents were Mark, a labourer and Emma of 12 Cotmandene.

In the 1891 and the 1901 census Henry is living with his family in Camberwell, London.

He joined the Navy at Portsmouth on 2nd May 1905, on his 18th birthday. At the time, his occupation was butchers assistant. He enlisted in the Navy for 12 years.

He married Emily Grant in the fourth quarter of 1911 in Portsmouth.

In the 1911 census his parents are living in Peckham Grove, London.

On 15th August 1916 Harry was serving as a leading seaman on the Submarine E4 Carrying out anti-submarine exercises in the North Sea. There was a collision with Submarine E41, Sadly there were no survivors. Harry is buried in Shotley Church yard in Suffolk.

Born Dorking, Surrey
Son of Mark and Emma Carpenter
Husband of Emily Grant
Regiment H. M. Submarine E4. Royal Navy
Number 228307
Date of Death 15th August 1916
Place of Death North Sea
Cause of Death Killed in Action
Age 29
Cemetery Shotley Churchyard, Shotley, Near Harwich, Suffolk
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