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.