Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Leading stoker
Service: Royal Naval Reserve
Unit: H.M.S. “Vanguard”
Date of Death: 9/7/1917
Service No: 1560V
Additional Information: Son of Thomas G. and Fanny F. Page, of Stepney, London
Husband of Florence Julia Page, of 63, White Horse Lane, Stepney, London
Memorial: Panel 27, Chatham Naval Memorial
The eighth HMS Vanguard of the British Royal Navy was a St Vincent-class battleship, an enhancement of the "Dreadnought" design Built by Vickers at Barrow-in-Furness. She was designed and Built during the Anglo-German naval race and spent her life in the British Home Fleet.
At the outbreak of World War I, Vanguard joined the First Battle Squadron at Scapa Flow, and fought in the Battle of Jutland as part of the Fourth Battle Squadron. She was a part of the action from beginning to end, but did not suffer any damage or casualties.
Just before midnight on Monday, 9 July 1917 at Scapa Flow, Vanguard suffered an explosion, probably caused by an unnoticed stokehold fire heating cordite stored against an adjacent bulkhead in one of the two magazines which served the amidships gun turrets 'P' and 'Q'. She sank almost instantly, killing an estimated 804 men; there were only two survivors. The site is now designated as a controlled site under the Protection of Military Remains Act.