202026, Able Seaman Arthur Joseph Mayes, age 33
HMS Queen Mary, Royal Navy
Died 31 May 1916
Able Seaman Arthur Joseph Mayes was born 07/03/1883 in Walton, the son of Thomas Perkins Mayes and his wife Elizabeth nee Mallett. Arthur was the fifth of eight children. He married Ada Elizabeth Rayson in 1911 and they were living at 7 Foresters Cottages, Lower Street (Grange Road), Walton at the time of his death.
Arthur joined the Royal Navy as a boy cadet in 1893 and served until he bought himself out in 1905 joining the Fleet Reserve. In 1911 he was working as a gardener before rejoining the Royal Navy 02/08/1914 and being posted to the HMS Queen Mary 25/08/1914.
The Queen Mary first saw action at the Battle of Heligoland Bight 28/08/1914, the first naval battle of the First World War. She later took part in the largest fleet action of the war, the Battle of Jutland, which was to be her demise. Having been hit twice by the SMS Derfflinger in the early part of the battle her magazines exploded a short while later & she sank with a loss of 1266 officers & ratings on 31/05/1916.
Arthur is commemorated on the Chatham Memorial. His cousin Harry Stanley Mayes below also died in this conflict.
H.M.S. Queen Mary
40309, Private Harry Stanley Mayes, age 32
11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Died 22 March 1918
Private 40309, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 22/03/1918. Age 32.
Son of the William Mayes and Emma nee Pooley. Husband of Beatrix nee Day of 277 Armistice Terrace, Sprowston Road, Norwich, One of eight surviving children, born in Walton. In 1911 Harry was living with his parents and sister Edith at 2 Church Lane, Walton, working as a porter in a boot shop.
March was a quiet month for the 11th Battalion until they relieved the 16th Royal Scots on the 20th and the enemy attacked the following day. Throughout March the battalion had 3 officers & 29 other ranks killed, 8 other ranks died of wounds, 5 officers & 88 other ranks wounded and 71 other ranks missing. Harry was one of those killed in action. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial
His wife was pregnant with twins when he died, Arthur and Edward b. 5 Aug 1918. Both sons served for the entirety of World War 2.
The Suffolk Regiment
Suffolk Regiment War Diary