H. T. Pelling
Service no. CH1/8111
Private, Royal Marine Light Infantry, H.M.S. “Bulwark.”
Died on 26 November 1914, aged 18
Remembered at Chatham Naval Memorial
Information from Royal Naval Division
Horace Pelling was born on 9 December 1895 in Clapham. He enlisted on 3 July 1913, embarked on H.M.S. “Bulwark” on 22 October 1914, but, as the service record says bluntly, “discharged dead” on 26 November 1914, killed by an internal explosion of his vessel, off Sheerness. His father, Horace John Pelling of 174 Wandsworth Road, received a Star medal issued on 27 July 1919.
The explosion left all of the Bulwark’s officers dead, and out of her complement of 750, only 14 sailors survived; two of these men subsequently died of their injuries in hospital, and almost all of the remaining survivors were seriously injured. There is a good account at www.nhcra-online.org
Information from the 1911 census
In 1911 Horace Thomas Pelling, 15, was a labourer working in the manufacture of ammonia. He was born in Clapham. His father, Horace John Pelling, 40, as a general gas fitter from Steyning, Sussex; his mother, Hanna Elizabeth, 41, was from Walworth. Horace had one sibling: Albert Edward Pelling, 7, born in Battersea. Three other siblings had died. The family lived in two rooms at 3 Garnies Street (now gone, although there is a Garnies Close off Sumner Road), Camberwell.