Frederick John Aldridge

Name

Frederick John Aldridge

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

09/07/1917
18

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Ordinary Seaman
J/39013
Royal Navy
H.M.S. "Vanguard"

Awards

Not Yet Researched

Cemetery/Memorial

CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL
Panel 22.
United Kingdom

Headstone

>Not Researched

UK Memorials

Stevenage Old Town Memorial
St Nicholas' Church Memorial, Stevenage Old Town
Holy Trinity Church Memorial Roll of Honour, Stevenage Old Town

Pre War

Frederick Aldridge was born in 17th January 1899, the eldest son of John & Ellen Aldridge of 2 Huntingdon Road, Stevenage. After leaving school, Frederick first worked as a News Lad for W.H.Smith & Son following which he went to work at the workshops of ESA in Stevenage as a factory hand.

Wartime Service

At 11.20 pm on Monday, 9 July, 1917 HMS Vanguard was at anchor in Scapa Flow. The mighty warship suddenly blew up, taking 804 of her crew down with her. An explosion had taken place in one of the two magazines which served turrets 'P' and 'Q'. It is believed that the cause of the explosion was the spontaneous detonation of cordite, which had become unstable. Although there is no specific evidence, it is thought that a fire in an adjacent compartment smouldered, undetected, long enough for some of the cordite near the adjoining bulkhead to overheat to dangerous levels. Just 3 of her crew survived the detonation.

Additional Information

www.stevenageatwar.com

Acknowledgments

Paul Johnson