Victor Clements

Victor Clements (1893 – 1917) lived at 57 Albert Street with his family when he joined North School and had moved to 5 Pope’s lane by 1911 as a boarder along with his older brother Alexander.

Later in 1911 he joined the navy and was described in his sign up papers as 5ft 6 1/4 inches tall, with light brown hair, blue eyes and a fresh complexion.

Victor served on HMS Strongbow and died in the North Sea along with 45 other crew when the ship was attacked while protecting a convoy of merchant ships from Norway.  He was 24 when he died and his body was not recovered for burial.

He is remembered in the Chatham Naval Memorial register and is also named on the roll of honour in St Peter’s Church, North Hill.

Sources:

1894 – 1903 Admission Register

1903 – 1913 Admission Register

1901 census

1911 census

UK, Royal Navy Registers of Seamen’s Services, 1853-1928

UK, Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919

UK, British Army and Navy Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960

CWGC