No.308874, Petty Officer Stoker, Sidney MARRIOTT
Aged 30

HMS Vanguard, Royal Navy
Killed on Active Service 9th July 1917

Sidney Marriott was born on 30th May 1886 in Rougham (2nd qtr 1886 Thingoe 4a:696), son of William and Rosina MARRIOTT (née PETTITT). There a difference between Navy reords and General Record Office as to his year of birth. I have used the GRO year of 1886.

1891 census...Aged 4, he was in Nether Street, Rougham with his father William MARRIOTT [32]farmer born Elmswell; his mother Rosina [36] born Bradfield St.George; brothers William [8], Charles [3], Frederick [1] and John [1 month]; sister Elizabeth [6]. All the children were born in Rougham

1901 census...Aged 15, he was at Maypole Green, Bradfield St George with his parents; brothers William, Charles, Fred, John, Alfred [6] and Frank [2]; sisters Lizzie,, Lily [8] and Lydia [4]. Of the new siblings, Frank was born in Bradfield St.George.

1911 census...Aged 24, he was a Leading Stoker in the Royal Navy on HMS Handy, a torpedo boat destroyer, in Hong Kong. The Marriott family were still in Bradfield St George

He married Rose Florence PETTITT [6-1-1887] in Stratford St John's, Essex on 25th November 1916, later of 137 Keogh Road, Stratford

His brother Charles was killed only five months later in France ( in the Australian Army) see here

He enlisted on 23rd September 1905 for 122 years, giving his date of birth as 30-5-1887, in Rougham. He was 5 feet 6.5 inches tall, blue eyed, brown hair.
As Stoker 2 he served
23-9-1905 to 19-2-1906 at HMS Pembroke II
20-2-1906 to 30-4-1907 at HMS Sapphire II, being [promoted Stoker I
1-5-1907 to 18-5-1908 on HMS Blenheim
19-5-1908 to 23-6-1908n at HMS Pembroke II
24-6-1908 to 8-8-1910 on HMS Indomitable
8-8-1910 to 30-1-1911 at HMS Pembroke II and promoted Leading Stoker
31-1-1911 to 31-3-1911 on HMS Crescent
1-4-1911 to 31-3-1913 on HMS Tamar and promoted Stoker Petty Officer
1-4-1913 to 31-5-1913 on HMS Royal,Arthur
1-6-1913 to 26-1-1914 at HMS Pembroke II
27-1-1914 to 17-3-1914 on HMS Patrol
18-3-1914 to 30-3-1914 at HMS Pembroke
31-3-1914 to 9-7-1917 on HMS Vanguard
His service record does not record the "Handy" in Hong Kong in the census of 1911

HMS Vanguard was launched in 1909, a St Vincent class dreadnought battleship. She saw action in the Battle of Jutland but was mainly used on routine patrols and training in the North Sea. Just before midnight on 9th July 1917, at Scapa Flow, there was a series of magazine explosions and she sank almost immediately, taking 843 of the 845 men aboard. Only 22 bodies were recovered.

photo CWGC

Sidney Marriott is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial 23

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