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William Burton Metcalfe

William Burton Metcalfe

Male 1895 - 1918  (Age: 23)    Has 17 ancestors but no descendants in our family tree.


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  • Name William Burton Metcalfe 
    Born 1895  Hampstead, London, EnglandFind all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Military Service
    • William Metcalfe joined the Royal Navy as a Cadet on DTBR. He was promoted to Midshipman on 15th Sep 1912 and to Sub Lieutenant on 15th Sep 1914. In December 1914 William Metcalfe was serving in the 23,000 ton Battleship HMS KING GEORGE V (Captain George H Baird, Royal Navy). He had been appointed to that Ship on 7th Mar 1913. His Submarine career began in 1916 when he was appointed to HMS DOLPHIN 'for Submarine Training' (Nominal List dated 1st July 1916). A month later he was appointed to the Submarine Depot Ship HMS MAIDSTONE (9th Submarine Flotilla) at Harwich 'for Submarine duties'. He was promoted to Lieutenant on DTBR.

      The Nominal List of 1st Sep 1916 reports an appointment to the Submarine Depot Ship HMS VULCAN (3rd Submarine Flotilla) at Immingham 'for Submarine D8 as First Lieutenant'. In April 1917 Submarine D8 was transferred to the Submarine Depot Ship HMS PLATYPUS. His appointment to the Submarine Depot Ship HMS MAIDSTONE (9th Submarine Flotilla) at Harwich 'for Submarine E50 as First Lieutenant' was reported in the Nominal List of 1st Dec 1917. Submarine E50 was lost with all hands in the North Sea on 1st Feb 1918. It is believed that the Submarine hit a mine.

      Source: Submariner's Association.
    Census 31 Mar 1901  Harpenden, Hertfordshire, EnglandFind all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Age: 6y 
    Address :  
    "Beechcroft", Milton Road 
    Died 31 Jan 1918  At SeaFind all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Address :  
    Somewhere is the North Sea, exact location unknown. 
    • Lieutenant William Metcalfe was serving aboard the Navy Submarine "E50" which had sailed from Harwich on January 21, 1918 to patrol to the seaward of 54°45'N, 06°15'E and did not return home. There was no contact with her after she sailed. E50 was expected back on January 29, 1918. She's best described as a missing vessel -- the common presumption is that she hit a mine but there doesn't appear to be any specific evidence as to where and when. As such, accidental loss cannot be excluded.
    METCALFE, Lieut. William Burton: Killed in loss of vessel at sea
    METCALFE, Lieut. William Burton: Killed in loss of vessel at sea
    This clip confirms the loss of William whilst serving on HM submarine E50.
    Buried
    CWGC Commemoration: METCALFE, William Burton
    CWGC Commemoration: METCALFE, William Burton
    Person ID I22076  Winterbotham Families
    Last Modified 2 Mar 2015 

    Father Charles Percival Metcalfe (ID:I22072)
              b. 1860, Ipswich, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Ethel Ellen Ellis (ID:I22054)
              b. 1856, St Pancras, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 4 Feb 1919, Hampstead, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63) 
    Married 12 Aug 1890  Adelaide, South Australia, AustraliaFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Children
     1. William Burton Metcalfe  (Current Person)
              b. 1895, Hampstead, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 31 Jan 1918, At Sea Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23)
     
    Family ID F5347  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1895 - Hampstead, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Age: 6y - 31 Mar 1901 - Harpenden, Hertfordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Address :  
    Somewhere is the North Sea, exact location unknown. - 31 Jan 1918 - At Sea
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  • Sources 
    1. [S8039] Census 1901 Harpenden, Hertfordshire, England RG13/1310/92/43 (Ethel E Metcalfe [Ellis or de Vesian])  (RG13/1310/92/43).

    2. [S8040] UK, Commonwealth War Graves, 1914-1921 and 1939-1947.

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