Albert Waddingham

Albert Waddingham was one of 1266 men and boys lost with HMS Queen Mary at the Battle of Jutland.  A Lincolnshire lad, he died aged 16-years-old.

HMS Queen Mary

HMS Queen Mary
(c) Imperial War Museum

 

Albert Waddingham was born on 21st May 1900 at 20 New Row, Burton-upon-Stather in Lincolnshire.  By 1911 he and his family were living in Hull before he joined the Royal Navy in 1915 aged 15-years-old.

Posted to the buttlecruiser Queen Mary in May 1916, Albert saw action at the Battle of Jutland.  He was one of 1,266 men and boys who died on board when HMS Queen Mary was blown apart by a magazine explosion during the engagement.  Only ten days earlier Albert Waddingham had celebrated his 16th birthday.

Albert's name can be found inscribed on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial at Southsea, Hampshire.

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