GREAT WAR MEMORIES: Spalding man killed in Battle of Jutland horror

Seaman Leonard Healey ANL-160206-144459001
Seaman Leonard Healey ANL-160206-144459001
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Back on June 6, 1916 the Lincolnshire Free Press was sad to report that a Spalding man had drowned with the stricken HMS Queen Mary.

First Class Stoker Leonard Healey, of Little London, went down with the ship, which was lost during the Battle of Jutland on Wednesday, May 31 – a Moulton man survived the disaster.

Pte Tom Wilson ANL-160206-144513001

Pte Tom Wilson ANL-160206-144513001

The ship was hit twice by the German battlecruiser Derfflinger during the early part of the battle and her magazines exploded shortly afterwards, sinking the ship.

It was reported that Mr NY Clay’s mother received a wire on the Saturday morning to say her son was safe.

Also injured in the Battle of Jutland was 1st Class Stoker Fred Johnson, son of the well-known builder Mr F Johnson of Havelock Street.

Fred was on one of the destroyers attached to the Invincible that was in the thick of the fighting.

Trooper Geo. Dobney ANL-160206-144446001

Trooper Geo. Dobney ANL-160206-144446001

Stoker Johnson was serving the guns and “was lucky to escape with shrapnel wounds in the back, several men working close by him sustaininmg much more serious injuries”.

• The wreck of HMS Queen Mary was discovered in 1991 and rests in pieces, some of which are upside down, on the floor of the North Sea.

Queen Mary is designated as a protected place under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986 as it is the grave of 1,266 officers and men.

• Pte Tom Wilson, of Little London, Spalding, had been badly wounded in battle and died a few hours later.

He was in the Lincoln Regiment and prior to enlisting was employed on a bulb farm.

He was 26 years old and left a widow and two small children.

• Troopy Geo. Dobney, fourth son of Mr and Mrs George Dobney, of Risegate House, Gosberton, was featured in the pages of the Lincolnshire Free Press of Tuesday, June 6, 1916.

The “youthful Gosberton trooper” had joined the South Notts Hussars in October 1915 and had been sent to Derby.

The 18-year-old was now finishing his training at Longmoor Camp, East Liss, Hampshire.