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Susan Report 1 Aug 2019 10:58

I am researching Henry James Reeve born in Martham 1862 and whom was drowned at sea in 1915. We have conflicting information as to the location; pembrokeshire or off the Storries. I have researched and found that there were two drifters from Great Yarmouth with the above name and both were torpedoed.

The second was a drifter commissiooned by rthe Royal Navy.

Has anyone got anything they know as accurate and whom could point me in the right direction. Thanks to all

Sue Barker


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 1 Aug 2019 11:25

Have you purchased his DC? Does that give additional information?

Gro Marine Death Indices (1903 To 1965)
Archive reference DMR3
War -
Record set British Armed Forces And Overseas Deaths And Burials
First name(s) Henry J
Sex Male
Last name Reeve
Death year 1915
Birth year 1863
Type Consular/Overseas
Place Piscatorial
Page 109
Age 52
Birth date ? ? 1863
Registration year -
Branch of service -
Decoration -
Records year range 1915
Line number 90
General Register Office


greyghost Report 1 Aug 2019 13:24

Piscatorial WW1 - various sites come up with information. Says crew survived the 1915 event.

Perhaps an incident not related to this event?

PISCATORIAL, 84grt, 23 June 1915, 41 miles ENE from Out Skerries, captured by submarine, sunk by gunfire

World War I: The drifter was shelled and sunk in the North Sea 41 nautical miles (76 km) east north east of the Out Skerries by SM U-38 ( Imperial German Navy).
Her crew survived.[112] <<<<<<<<<<

PISCATORIAL II, hired drifter, Adty No 3300. Built 1916, 93grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.762. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 8.16-12.17 as net vessel. Disappeared 29.12.17 off Newhaven (Sussex).

Date U-boat Loss type Position Location Route Cargo Casualties
1 28 Dec 1917 UC 71 (Ernst Steindorff) Sunk Presumed mined off Newhave

UC 71 laid two minefields off Newhaven on December 24, 1917. Piscatorial II sailed from Newhaven on the afternoon of Dec. 28. An explosion was heard at 7pm and bodies and debris found the next morning 7 miles SW of Brighton.

HMD Piscatorial Ii

Name HMD Piscatorial Ii
Type Navy drifter
GRT 93 tons
Country British
Built 1916
Builder S. Richards & Co Ltd, Lowestoft
Operator Royal Navy
History Peace-time operator: Henry F. Eastick, Great Yarmouth. Registration: YH 762 though taken into Royal Navy at completion.

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 1 Aug 2019 15:23

(article above relates to it)

Chris :)

Deaths Jun 1915 (>99%)
Reeve Henry J 52 Haverfordwest 11a 1472

Edits (Last Place of Abode, Railway Terrace, Martham, Norfolk. Rank, Oarsman. Cause, Ulceration of the stomach)

(if wife Selina, Martham, Norfolk, 1901,1911, occ. Fisherman)


Maddie Report 1 Aug 2019 16:19

the marriage
Last name REEVE
Marriage quarter 4
Marriage year 1889
Registration month -
HENRY REEVE married one of these people

Selina Davison, Emma Reeve, Elijah Johnson
District Flegg


greyghost Report 4 Sep 2019 12:37

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