Leading Stoker 310799 Richard Jukes

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Died on Thursday, 19th September 1918, age 30.
Buried in Grave I. B.9. at Freetown (King Tom) Cemetery, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

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

Husband of Mrs Minnie Jukes.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Unknown, Resident: Unknown.

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 his name was found on the Navy List.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/419684/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Richard Jukes registered September quarter 1888 in Dudley.

1891 Census
3 Arthur Street, Sedgley
James Jukes (25, Iron Worker, born Dawley), his wife Sarah A. (22, born Dudley), and their 2 children: Richard (3, born Tipton), and James (8 months, born Bradley).

1901 Census
33 Sydenham Road, Aston
James Jukes (35, Foundry Furnaceman, born Shrewsbury), his wife Sarah Ann (30, born Dudley) and their 5 children: Richard (13, born Bilston), James (10, born Bilston), Florence Beatrice (8, born Bilston), Joseph Henry (3, born West Bromwich), and Lillian Rose (1, born Birmingham).

Marriage of Richard Hezekiah Jukes and Minnie Ames registered december quarter 1909 at Eastry, Kent.

1911 Census
HMS Diamond, Falmouth harbour, England (3rd Destroyer Flotilla, 3rd & 4th Divisions Home Fleet.)
Richard Jukes, age 21, married, Stoker, born Tipton, Staffs, aboard ship.

Richard's wife, Minnie:
43 Skinner Street, Gillingham.
Minnie Jukes, age 23, married one year, no children, born Forest Hill, London.

Personal Data

Richard Jukes was a pre-war Navy man, already serving by 1911. His record was found on the Navy List on Ancestry.co.uk stating that he was born 10th August 1888 at Tipton, and died from disease 9th September 1918 whilst serving on H.M.S. Africa. His wife (widow) was Minnie Jukes of 9 College Road, Deal, Kent.

Action resulting in his death

In March 1917, H.M.S. Africa was attached to the 9th Cruiser Squadron for service in the Atlantic Patrol and for convoy escort duties. She was based mainly at Sierra Leone and escorted convoys between Sierra Leone and Cape Town, South Africa.

Freetown, Sierra Leone was major coaling centre for ships of the Royal Navy. In August 1918, H.M.S. Mantua had docked at the port to refuel, at which time it was carrying approximately 200 people infected with influenza, who passed the virulent infection on to workers at the port. When H.M.S. Africa arrived at Freetown, the virus was then passed from the port workers to the crew with devastating results. At the time of Richard Jukes' death, almost 600 of the 779 ships compliment of H.M.S. Africa had been struck down by influenza. One officer and 49 Other Ranks died during this influenza outbreak and are buried in King Tom Cemetery, Freetown.

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