Wilfred Ives


Wilfred Ives


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Able Seaman
Royal Navy
H.M.S. "Defence"


1914 (Mons) Star, British War and Victory Medals


Panel 16
United Kingdom

UK Memorials

Holy Trinity Church Memorial, Weston

Pre War

Born in Ardeley/Buntingford 1 November 1897, son of John Ernest and Mary Ives. Came to Weston from Ardeley when his father began working for Mr Pryor at Weston Park as Head Shepherd. 1911 Census: Living at with his family at Lannock Cottages, Weston, Stevenage, Herts and a schoolboy. Occupation on enlistment was as "Farmers Boy".

Wartime Service

Enlisted for 12 years on his eighteenth birthday, although he had been in the Service as a Boy since 1914. His service record showed him to be of very good character and satisfactory ability. Served on HMS Powerful from April to November 1914, then HMS Defiance from December 1914 to January 1915 and finally on HMS Defence from January 1915 until he died at the Battle of Jutland. His ship was hit by German shells at 1820 hrs and exploded immediately, going down with all hands. He had been home on leave only a month before his death, when unexpectedly his eldest brother Arthur of the Bedfordshire Regiment also came home from the trenches for the first time. It was the first time they had met in uniform.

Additional Information

Another brother Ernest (also known as George) later also joined the Navy and served as a stoker until the late twenties when he was discharged suffering from tuberculosis. He died in 1929.


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