They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.
Stoker 2nd Class, Royal Navy, HMS Cumberland.
7 April 1887 in Fareham, Hampshire.
Thomas and Ann Monk, 17 Olive Street, Aberavon, Port Talbot
Date of death
30 September 1918 (Aged 31)
23.7 Port Talbot (Holy Cross) Churchyard, Wales
HMS Cumberland was an armoured cruiser which spent most of the war on convoy escort
The ship had 32 Belleville water tube boilers to be stoked.
Fred appears in the Census 1911 at Simpson’s Cottage, North Queensferry, aged (24) born England,
Loco Engine Driver, Naval Base Works, living with Brother-in-law Charles Haycroft who was also
a Loco Driver. Fred joined the navy for “Hostilities Only” on 7 March 1918.
He was 5 feet 7 ½ inches tall, with fair hair and grey eyes and had suffered the amputation
of the fourth finger of his left hand. After brief training at RN Barracks Devonport,
he joined his ship.
He died in Mill Road Hospital, Liverpool of Influenza.
A Petty Officer, another Stoker and a Royal Marine from the ship all died the same day.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
National Archives. Service Record BT 3777/7/25916
National Archives. Record of Service ADM 188/965/49994