Tipton

Remembers

Ordinary Seaman J/47448 Sydney George Heaselgrave


 Heaselgrave Sydney 96 459x600
Extract from Panel 14 of Portsmouth Naval Memorial


Killed in Action on Monday, 23rd October 1916, age 28.
Commemorated on Panel 14 of Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, United Kingdom.

Royal Navy, H.M.S. "Genista.".

Son of Mr William H. and Mrs Mary A. Heaselgrave, of 324, Dudley Port, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Unknown, Resident: Tipton.

Date of first service not known.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Navy Papers transcribed.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on Commonwealth War Graves site.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/3036545/


Genealogical Data

According to Naval records, Sydney was born on 21st April 1889.

1891 Census
84 Dudley Port, Tipton, Staffs.
William H. Haslegrave (35, Labourer at Gasworks, born Arnold, Nottingham), his wife Mary A. (32, born Brierley Hill), and their 3 children: Lily (7, born Tipton), William H. (5, born Tipton), and Sydney G. (3, born Tipton).

1901 Census
324 Dudley Port, Tipton, Staffs.
Henry William Haslegrave (45, Gas Main Layer, born Nottingham), his wife Alice (40, born Brierley Hill), and their 6 children: Lily (16, born Tipton), William Henry (15, Telegraph Messenger, born Tipton), Sidney (12, born Tipton), Mary Ann (8, born Tipton), Elsie (3, born Tipton), and Ada (10 months, born Tipton).

1911 Census
324 Dudley Port, Tipton, Staffs.
William Henry Heaselgrave (55, Gas Labourer, born Nottingham), his wife Alice (51, born Brierley Hill), and 4 of their 6 surviving children of 9: Lily (26, born Dudley Port), Mary Ann (18, General Servant, born Dudley Port), Elsie (13, born Dudley Port), and Ada (10, School, born Dudley Port).
Sydney George was not living at his parent's house at the time of the 1911 Census; I can find no trace of him. He was initially added to the census before being crossed out, marked "Away". He was 22 years of age, and employed as a "Labourer".


Personal Data

Sydney Heaselgrave enlisted in the Royal Navy on 30th November 1915, signing on for the duration of hostilities. Sydney was born on 21st April 1889 in Tipton. At enlistment he was 5 feet 6½ inches tall, had a 36-inch chest, light brown hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion. He was employed as a Painter.

Service Record
30 Nov 1915 to 25 Feb 1916 - HMS Victory I
26 Feb 1916 to 07 Apr 1916 - HMS Excellent
08 Apr 1916 to 10 May 1916 - HMS Genista
21 May 1916 to 23 Oct 1916 - HMS Colleen

Both Victory I and Excellent were shore-based training establishments in Portsmouth, the latter for gunnery training. HMS Genista was the ship on which he died when torpedoed and sunk. HMS Colleen was again a shore-based establishment, this time in in Queenstown, Eire (today known as Cobh), and Genista operated from that establishment.


Action resulting in his death

HMS Genista was a 1250 ton Arabis Class Sloop Minesweeper, built by Napier & Miller in Glasgow and launched 26 February 1916. Was based in Cork and was torpedoed by U-57 on 23rd October 1916 off West coast of Ireland at 51.26N, 13.10W, SW from Cape Clear, Ireland, with the loss of 79 lives.


Newspaper Cuttings

None.