MAIDWELL, Sidney William

No.K/3364, Stoker 1, Sidney William MAIDWELL
Aged 21

HMS Invincible, Royal Navy
Killed in Action on 31st May 1916

Sidney William Maidwell was born 10th April 1891 (2nd qtr 1891 Thingoe 4a:783) the son of Susan MAIDWELL who died in 1892.
He was then apparently reared by his uncle and aunt (Emma BULLETT the sister of his mother.)

1901 census...Aged 9, he was in Bradfield St George with his uncle and aunt Henry and Emma BULLETT, with his grandparents Fred and Charlote MAIDWELL. All born in Bradfield St George

1911 census...Not found in this census, he was in the Royal Navy. His uncle and aunt were still in Bradfield St George with their children

Pension card has applicant his aunt Mrs H BULLETT, Dairy Farm, Bradfield St.George

He enlisted in the Royal Navy on 29th June 1909 for 12 years. A shop assistant, 5 feet 4.1 inches tall chest 35, blue eyes, brown hair.

As Stoker II
9-6-1909 to 23-10-1909 HMS Nelson
24-10-1909 to 2-12-1909 HMS Victory
3-12-1909 to 19-501910 HMS Hampshire
20-5-1910 to 29-3-1911 HMS Invincible and promoted to Stoker I
30-3-1911 to 1-5-1911 HMS Victory II
2-5-1911 to 4-6-1913 HMS Achilles
5-6-1913 to 18-9-1913 HMS Victory II
19-9-1913 to 10-7-1914 HMS Fisgard
11-7-1914 to 2-8-1914 HMS Victory II
3-8-1914 to 31-5-1916 HMS Invincible

HMS Invincible was the flagship of the 3rd Battlecruiser Squadron during the Battle of Jutland in 1916. The squadron had been detached from Admiral Beatty's Battlecruiser Fleet a few days before the battle for gunnery practice with the Grand Fleet and acted as its heavy scouting force during the battle.
At 18:30 Invincible abruptly appeared as a clear target before L├╝tzow and Derfflinger. The two German ships then fired three salvoes each at Invincible and sank her in 90 seconds. At least one 12-inch shell from the third salvo struck her midships 'Q' turret. The shell penetrated the front of 'Q' turret, blew off the roof and detonated the midships magazines, which blew the ship in half, both ends of the ship temporarily sticking up out of the sea. There were only six survivors from a crew of 1,032. Amazingly one survivor was in the actual gun turret that was hit and somehow was thrown clear.

after the battle

phoro CWGC

Sidney Maidwell is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval memorial 19

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