World War 1
Search the known records to date of those lost from the wider Alnwick area in World War 1
Generally showing where they are commemorated, when they died and some basic facts about each person. There are gaps, however, so if you can fill in any missing details do please contact us.
Harold Johnson Ferns
Royal Navy, HMS Aboukir
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire
Killed in action with a submarine in the North Sea.
HMS Aboukir was a Cressy-class armoured cruiser built for the Royal Navy around 1900. Upon completion she was assigned to the Mediterranean Fleet & spent most of her career there. Upon returning home in 1912, she was placed in reserve. Recommissioned on the outbreak of war, she played a minor role in the Battle of Heligoland Bight.
HMS Aboukir was sunk by the German submarine U-9, together with two of her sister ships, on 22 September 1914. 527 men of her complement died.
(Source: Web - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Aboukir_(1900))
Son of Harold & Elizabeth Ferns, of Gosport, Hampshire.
Husband of Alice Louisa Ferns, of 25, Fifth Street, St. Mary's Road, Kingston, Portsmouth.
It has not been possible to establish a connection with Craster or the wider Alnwick district.
Craster War Memorial, St. Peter the Fisherman Church Embleton, Memorial Cross in Spitalford Cemetery (Source: For Embleton, newmp.org.uk)