SHARPE, Reginald Albert

No.8003, Able Seaman, Reginald Albert SHARPE
Aged 23

H.M.A.S Sydney, Royal Australian Navy
on loan from RN/239494, Royal Navy
Died of his Wounds on 10th November 1914 (Australian Navy)
on 9th November 1914 (Royal Navy)

Reginald Albert Sharpe was born in Barrow on 14th November 1891 (4th qtr 1891 Thingoe 4a:730) son of Edward and Edith SHARPE (née FROST)

1901 census...Aged 9, he was at Burthorpe, Barrow with his father Edward SHARPE [30]farm labourer; his mother Edith [29]; twin brothers Stanley and Victor [2]; sister Elsie [6]. All were born in Barrow.

1911 census...He was at HMS Pembroke I (training establishment). His parents, sister Elise, twins Stanley and Victor, and Walter [9] were still at Burthorpe.

The pension card has an unmarried wife, Miss Isabella BROWSE, 5 St Georges Road, Kemp Town, Brighton, later 6 Farm Road, Hove.

He enlisted first as a boy at HMS Ganges on 14th November 1909, loaned to Royal Australian Navy on 3rd April 1913. He was 5 feet 9.5 inches tall, brownn hair, blue eyes. Father, Edward SHARPE of Burthorpe Green, Barrow, Suffolk.
H.M.A.S. Sydney defeated the German cruiser SMS Emden at the Battle of Cocos on 9th November 1914. In the course of the engagement, Sydney had fired some 670 rounds of ammunition, with around 100 hits claimed. She had meanwhile been hit sixteen times; three of her crew were killed and thirteen were wounded.

photo CWGC

Reginald Sharpe is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial panel 4
and on the Emden Gun Memorial in Sydney, Australia

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