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Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Biography -
- Herbert Frank (Bert) Mills -

Unknown person
Name : Herbert Frank (Bert) Mills.

Son of William Mills and Louisa Mills (née King), of 9, Ileden Cottages, Upper Bonchurch, Isle of Wight.

Born 21 January 1887, Bonchurch, Isle of Wight.


 
  Census Information :

1891 : William and Louisa Mills, with their children including Herbert F. aged 4, are at Highfield, Bonchurch. William Mills is a Gardener (Domestic).

1901 : William and Louisa Mills, with their children including Herbert F. aged 14, are at 4, Jolliffe's Cottages, Bonchurch. William Mills is a Bricklayer's labourer; Herbert Mills is a Gardener (Domestic).

1911 : William and Louisa Mills, with their children including Herbert Frank aged 24, are at 9 Ileden Cottages, Bonchurch. William Mills is a Gardener (Domestic); Herbert Mills is a Stoker, RN.

  Service details :

Stoker 1st cl K/8589 Herbert Frank Mills, H.M.S. Natal, Royal Navy

Herbert Frank Mills enlisted for service with the Royal Navy on 5 September 1910. He was 5 ft 3 in tall, with light hair, brown eyes and a fair complexion. His occupation was Gardener.

He served in a number of ships and shore establishments, including Victory II, Renown, Illustrious, Irresistible, and Natal.

HMS Natal was sunk in the Cromarty Firth following an internal explosion in the shell storage area.
  Casualty Details :

Died : 30 December 1915 aged 28

Commemorated at : Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire.

CWGC record ...
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Bonchurch War Memorial
St Boniface Church Pulpit War Memorial
St Boniface Church Roll of Honour
County War Memorial, Carisbrooke Castle

(All inscriptions give B Mills)
  Documents :

ISLE OF WIGHT MERCURY

Friday, January 7, 1916 Page 1

Mr. and Mrs. William Mills, Bonchurch, have had official notice that their son, Seaman B. Mills, was lost in the Natal. He was a well-known Bonchurch lad, and the greatest sympathy will be felt for his parents. He has a brother [*] in one of H.M. submarines which is on dangerous duty.

[*] Stoker 1st cl 305466 Henry William Mills (born 1884) who was serving in HM Submarine E8 at the time. He survived the war.
  Further Information :

HMS Natal (Wikipedia article).
  Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for newspaper research
  Page status :
Page last updated : 21 November 2011



 
 

 
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