Battle of Coronel

 

The Battle of Coronel was a major naval engagement which occurred on the 1st November 1914 at Coronel off the coast of Chile between Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock's West Indies Squadron and the German East Asiatic commerce-raiding squadron under Vice-Admiral Graf Maximilian von Spee.
 
The British Squadron was made up of two armoured cruisers, H.M.S. Good Hope and H.M.S. Monmouth, the light cruiser H.M.S. Glasgow, and a converted ex-liner, H.M.S. Otranto. The German Squadron consisted of five vessels including the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau.
 

The German vessels destroyed Good Hope and Monmouth with the loss of all hands, Cradock going down with the Good Hope, Glasgow and Otranto both escaped, the latter suffering five strikes. Spee's fleet had suffered injuries to just three men. 1,570 British men were killed.

 
An account of the battle and a full list of the British casualties can be seen at naval-history.net and The Coronel Memorial. For further details see also wikipedia and firstworldwar.com.
 
On the 6th October 1918 H.M.S. Otranto sank off the Isle of Islay, Scotland whilst carrying American troops with the loss of over 400 lives.
 
A huge naval force under Admiral Sir Frederick Sturdee which included the modern battle cruisers, H.M.S. Invincible and H.M.S. Inflexible was dispatched, engaging Spee's fleet on the 8th December 1914 at the Battle of the Falkland Islands.The roles were reversed on this occasion, the German fleet being destroyed with the loss of just ten British lives and nineteen wounded. Admiral Spee and his two sons were among the 1,871 German dead. 215 men were taken prisoner.
 
H.M.S. Inflexible was badly damaged at the Dardanelles on the 18th March 1915 losing thirty crewmen. After repairs she also survived the Battle of Jutland and was scrapped in 1921. Her sister ship H.M.S. Invincible was not so fortunate. She was lost at the Battle of Jutland with 1,026 officers and men, including Rear-Admiral Hood. There were only six survivors.
Local crewmen lost: H.M.S. Good Hope
OBIT RANK FORENAME SURNAME BURIED or COMMEMORATED
view Able Seaman JOHN HENRY ARMES PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Midshipman GEOFFREY MARISCHAL DOWDING PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Stoker 1st Class JAMES GREENWOOD PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Able Seaman JOSEPH HUGHES CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Stoker 2nd Class THOMAS LLOYD PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Gunner JOHN McCORMACK PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Stoker 2nd Class GEORGE PATRICK MURPHY PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Stoker 1st Class JAMES HERBERT PARRY PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Able Seaman CLIFFORD WHELLER PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Petty Officer Stoker OWEN WILLIAMS PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
Local crewmen lost: H.M.S. Monmouth
OBIT RANK FORENAME SURNAME BURIED or COMMEMORATED
view Stoker 1st Class SAM WINN AIREY PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Stoker 1st Class FRANCIS ATHERTON PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Petty Officer Stoker JOHN BRENNAN PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Musician WILLIAM CARNIGHAN PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Able Seaman THOMAS ELLIS COLES PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Ordinary Seaman JAMES S COMER PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Boy 1st Class JAMES COUSINS PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Shipwright 2nd Class ALBERT JAMES DALLEN PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Stoker 1st Class JOHN DODD PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Ordinary Seaman ARTHUR DRING PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Stoker 1st Class RICHARD JAMES EDWARDS PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Leading Stoker THOMAS FALLON PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Stoker 1st Class JAMES FINNEGAN PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Able Seaman HENRY FISHWICK PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Stoker 1st Class GEORGE ROLLAND FOSTER PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Private THOMAS WILLIAM FOSTER PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Private RICHARD GARNER PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Stoker 1st Class HENRY MARSHAL GRAY PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Leading Signalman SAMUEL HEAPS PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Private JAMES HOWARD PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Able Seaman WILLIAM JONES PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Stoker 1st Class MARTIN LIVINGSTON PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Leading Stoker RICHARD MARTIN PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Stoker 1st Class MARTIN McGRATH PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Stoker 1st Class THOMAS McGURN PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Stoker 1st Class WILLIAM McKENNA PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Able Seaman HENRY MERVIN PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Private FREDERICK JOSEPH MOORE PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Stoker 1st Class THOMAS PHILIP O'CONNOR PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Stoker ERNEST ROBERT PARRY CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Midshipman JOHN RICHARDSON LE GEYET PULLEN PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Able Seaman BERTIE STANLEY RAWLINSON PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Able Seaman WILLIAM HENRY RIMMER PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Chief Engine Room Artificer JAMES RONSON PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Able Seaman JAMES SMITH PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Stoker 2nd Class JOHN SMITH PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Able Seaman THOMAS JOHN WADE PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Stoker 2nd Class HENRY WARREN PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Stoker 2nd Class CHARLES WINDLE PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
view Staff Surgeon HENRY WOODS PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL