Clifford Hirst


Ordinary Seaman J/31566, Royal Navy

Died 31st May 1916 aged 19

Lost at Sea Commemorated Portsmouth Naval Memorial

Son of Joseph and Edith Hirst

Lived Victoria Street, Heckmondwike

Clifford was born in Heckmondwike on 12th February 1897, the son of Joseph, an Insurance Agent and his wife Edith. Before the war he worked as a Machinist, making bobbins for a carpet factory, he joined up in July 1915. He joined the crew of HMS Invincible in April 1916, just one month before the Battle of Jutland in which she was involved.

During the engagement two German ships fired three salvoes each at Invincible and sank her in 90 seconds. At least one shell from the third salvo struck her amidships; the shell penetrated the front of 'Q' turret, blew off the roof and detonated the magazines, which blew the ship in half. In all 1026 officers and men were killed, there were only six survivors.{PL-071}

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