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dutchman Report 29 Nov 2012 16:06

I know my grandfather died in the Blitz while serving in the Naval reserve but I cannot find a death certificate does the Navy issue/ register them?

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 29 Nov 2012 16:32

will probably be in the services records , care to give his name and will take a look


rootgatherer Report 29 Nov 2012 19:10

Have you searched the CWGC website?


Andysmum Report 29 Nov 2012 22:27

If your grandfather died in the Blitz he was presumably on land somewhere in Britain - London, Southampton or Bath perhaps?

In that case he would have had a normal Death Certificate like anyone else. It would not surprise me though, if there were unregistered deaths in the chaos that existed at the time. When whole streets were flattened, it must have been almost impossible to know exactly who was missing and with whole families wiped out, who was going to think about registering deaths?


KathleenBell Report 30 Nov 2012 00:25

His death could be on the "armed forces deaths" on Findmypast. What was his name and year of birth?

Kath. x


dutchman Report 30 Nov 2012 13:30

His name was Henry Jones born 1885 service no 12533 based in Stonehouse on leave in London.
He is buried in Gillingham.
Delighted with all the help thank you.
J :


George_of_Westbury Report 30 Nov 2012 14:34

Do you have his service records?

There are details on the National Archives.which you can download cost 3-36



Reference:ADM 159/151/529


Jones, Henry

Register Number:



Royal Marine Light Infantry: Plymouth Division

When Enlisted/Date of Enlistment:

07 March 1904

Date: 24 June 1885
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record



Andysmum Report 30 Nov 2012 14:35

Did Henry have a second name? The following, from FreeBMD, fit the timescale of the Blitz and his age. Both Greenwich and Southwark were heavily bombed.

Deaths Sep 1940 (>99%)
Jones Henry G 56 Greenwich 1d 1207

Deaths Jun 1941 (>99%)
Jones Henry 56 Kensington 1a 146
Jones Henry A 55 Southwark 1d 28


George_of_Westbury Report 30 Nov 2012 14:36

Just for ref. from CWGC

Rank:Colour SerjeantService No:PLY/12533Date of Death:25/09/1940Age:55Regiment/Service:Royal MarinesGrave ReferenceNaval Reservation. Grave 1231.CemeteryGILLINGHAM (WOODLANDS) CEMETERY, KENT
Additional Information:

Son of Edward and Harriet Jones; husband of Kate Edith Jones.



George_of_Westbury Report 30 Nov 2012 14:50

If you dont have it a photo of his headstone is available, from the War Graves Photographic project, They do ask for a donation.See info on the link



Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 30 Nov 2012 14:53

Name: JONES, Henry
Ship or unit:Plymouth Division R.M.
Rank:Colour Sergeant
Year: 1940
Volume : 6
Page: 2099
Record source: GRO War Death Naval Ratings Indices (1939 to 1948) (Find My Past)

Chris :)

Royal Marine Medal Roll 1914-1920 - details
First name(s): Henry
Last name: JONES
Number: PLY/12533
Rank: Sergeant
Medals & clasps earned: British War Medal
How issued or disposed of: R.M. Barracks, Plymouth.
Service branch: Royal Marine Light Infantry
Date of death: 25 Sep 1940
Cause of death:
Notes: Discharged to Pension. DD as Colour Sergeant.


dutchman Report 30 Nov 2012 16:10

wow! you people are awesome. How kind to help out with such great info.
I shall definitely follow those routes.
He was in London visiting his sister who was Matron of St. Giles Hospital Camberwell Green, but I dont know if he was actually staying in the hospital or a servicemans club in the city. The bombing was so extensive records are hard to find.
From his medal record he has the Messina Medal which has uncovered a very interesting story of the Navy's involvement in an Earthquake rescue.