served between December 1899 and August 1900. Her commander was Commander H R P Floyd.
Picture courtesy of DNW
QSA (0) (H. W. J. Alexaner, A.B., H. M. S. Fearless.) small impressed naming;
1914-15 Star (186066, H. W. J. Alexander, A.B., R.N.);
BWM and VM (186066 H. W. J. Alexander. A.B. R.N.);
Royal Fleet Reserve LS&GC GV, 1st issue (186066 (Po. B.799) H. W. J. Alexander. A.B. R.F.R.)
Provenance: Dix Noonan Webb, September 2001.
Approximately 145 (0) Queen’s South Africa Medals awarded to HMS Fearless.
Henry William James Alexander was born in Camberwell, London, on 14 November 1879 and joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class on 4 October 1895. He joined HMS Fearless on 15 November 1897, was promoted Able Seaman on 25 March 1899, and served in her during the Boer War. He purchased his discharge on 29 October 1903, and joined the Royal Fleet Reserve at Portsmouth the following day.
Following the outbreak of the Great War Alexander was recalled to the service on 2 August 1914, and served in HMS Glory from that date to 10 April 1916, and thence in HMS Victory I. He was shore demobilised on 5 February 1919.
QSA (0) (F. D. Purnell, A.B., HMS Fearless) small impressed naming, suspension claw re-pinned;
1914-15 Star (183408. F. D. Purnell, A.B., R.N.);
BWM and VM (183408 F. D. Purnell. A.B. R.N.)
Frederick David Purnell was born in Croydon, Surrey in February 1880. He joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class in April 1895, and advanced to Able Seaman in September 1898. Purnell served with HMS Fearless, January 1897 - November 1900, and with HMS Hawke (cruiser) from 7 August 1914. He was discharged dead when on 15 October 1914, ‘Drowned in North Sea when HMS Hawke was sunk by a German submarine’ (Service Papers refer).
On the above date the Hawke had been on patrol off Aberdeen when she was struck and sunk by a torpedo fired by U-9. Whilst there were survivors, Purnell was amongst 524 of the crew that lost their lives. Able Seaman Purnell is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.
QSA (0) (T. L. Maxey, E.R.A. HMS Fearless);
1914-15 Star (152680 J. L. Maxey, E.R.A. 1., R.N.);
BWM and VM (152680 T. L. Maxey. E.R.A. 1 R.N.);
Royal Navy LS&GC EdVII. (T. L. Maxey, E.R.A. 1 Cl., HMS Powerful.) note incorrect first initial on 1914-15 Star, this has a hand engraved additional top straight line to the initial ‘J’, to make it look more like a letter ‘T’,
Tom Lang Maxey was born on 21 September 1866, in Bedfordshire. He commenced naval service as an Acting Engine Room Artificer Fourth Class in HMS Asia, on 7 January 1890. He was posted to HMS Ringarooma, on 3 February 1891, and advanced to Engine Room Artificer Fourth Class, on 16 March 1892, and Engine Room Artificer Third Class, on 16 September 1893. He was appointed to HMS Fearless, as Engine Room Artificer Second Class, on 15 November 1897, until his posting to HMS Duke of Wellington on 9 November 1900. He was advanced to Engine Room Artificer First Class, HMS Warrior on 15 September 1902. He was awarded his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 1905, and was shore pensioned in 1912, but was recalled for war service in the Great War and served in HMS King Alfred, HMS Victory and HMS Assistance. He was demobilized to shore in March 1919. He died in 1936 in London.