Ordinary Seaman Henry George Stevens

Thank you to Wendy Shuttleworth for the following research.

Henry George Stevens was born in Bletchingley, Surrey on the 8th May 1896 and was baptised at St. Peter’s Church, Hornsey, London. The son of army sergeant Frederick William and Louisa Elizabeth.

In 1901, he was living in Hookstyle, Godstone with mother and brothers Frederick (who died later in WW1) and Herbert. 

In 1911, he was boarding in South Godstone with David Noble, and working as a cowman on a farm. His parents had moved to 2, Jubilee Terrace, Dorking.

Henry joined the Royal Navy as a Boy on 8th May 1914 for 12 years. He measured 5 feet 1inch, chest 33 inches, hair colour was brown, grey eyes and a fresh complexion. Henry’s occupation on enlisting was as a farm boy.  The first ship he served on was H. M. S. Ganges.

Henry died at the Battle of Jutland on the 31st May 1916, when his ship, the H. M. S. Queen Mary, was sunk. His rank was Ordinary Seaman with a number of J/20274.

Although Henry’s body was never found and he was commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, his name is recorded on the grave in Dorking Cemetery, where his mother and brother are buried.

Born Bletchingley, Surrey
Lived Godstone, Surrey
Son of Frederick William and Louisa Elizabeth Stevens of 2 Jubilee Terrace, Dorking
Brother of Frederick William Stevens
Regiment H. M. S. Queen Mary. Royal Navy
Number J/20274
Date of Death 31st May 1916
Place of Death Jutland
Cause of Death Died when H. M. S. Queen Mary was sunk
Age 19
Memorial Portsmouth Naval Memorial