Kilbride Parish Church War Memorial
Alexander Jamison - Royal Navy
Date of Birth – 23 October 1886
Place of Birth – Coggery, Doagh
Date of enlistment – 17 October 1905 for a period of 12 years
Place of enlistment – Chatham
Address at time of enlistment –
Next of Kin – Ellen Jamison (wife)
Address of next of kin – Poplar, London
Trade or Calling – Unknown
Service No. - 308993
Unit – Royal Navy (HMS Cressy)
Rank – Stoker 1st Class
Died – 22 September 1914
Place of Death – The Broad Fourteens, The North Sea, off the Dutch coast. HMS Cressy was the third ship sunk in quick succession by German submarine U9.
Age at Death – 28
Buried – Lost at sea
Commemorations – Chatham Naval Memorial, Ballyclare War Memorial and Kilbride Parish Church
Marital Status – Married. His address was given as the Naval barracks at the time of his marriage.
Wife’s Name – Ellen Bransfield
Wife’s Date of Birth – 23 November 1887
(GRONI reference number U/1887/48/1007/40/233), her mother’s maiden name was McMullan.
Married on 12 November 1910 in St Paul’s Parish Church, York Street , Belfast
(GRONI reference number M/1910/B1/456/6/99)
Wife’s Address – Given as 80 Upper Canning Street, Belfast at time of marriage and 108 Blair Street, Poplar, London (her surname is recorded as Baker, formerly Jamison, on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s memorial certificate). Poplar is an area of London near Canary Wharf.
Parents – Mary Jane Jamison
In the 1901 census Ellen Bransfield was living in Henry street with her widowed mother and two brothers, Charles and EJW Bransfield. Charles (aged 18 in 1901) is listed as being a soldier, Private in 4th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, Service Company. In the Roll of Honour in St Paul’s Parish Church, York Street, Belfast he is listed as having served in and survived the First World War. 78 people from St Paul's are listed as having died in the war.
In the 1911 census Ellen Jamison was living in 80 Upper Canning Street with who might have been Alexander’s uncle William and his family.
Ellen Jamison was remarried on 22 April 1916 to Herbert Baker (Widower) in Donegall Street Congregational Church, Belfast.
Her residence was 29 Carnalea Street, Belfast
1901 Census – Coggery, Doagh
Alexander Jamison, Son, Church of Ireland, Read and write, 15, Male, Scholar, Not married, Co. Antrim
Commonwealth War Graves Commission - - follow this link to see more detail and a commemorative certificate
London War Memorial
Royal Navy Service
Alexander Jamison served on the following ships;
Note that HMS Pembroke II is a shore establishment.
HMS Pembroke II – Shore establishment 17 Oct 1905 – 12th March 1906
HMS Juno – Eclipse-class protected cruiser 13 March 1906 – 14th July 1907
During his service with HMS Juno he was promoted from Stoker 2nd Class to Stoker 1st Class
HMS Pembroke II – Shore establishment 15 July 1907 – 19 July 1907
HMS Blake – Blake-class protected cruiser 20 July 1907 – 19 August 1907
HMS Charybdis – Astraea-class protected cruiser 20 August 1907 – 4 September 1908
HMS Astraea – Astraea-class protected cruiser 6 September 1908 – 10 September 1910
HMS Charybdis – Astraea-class protected cruiser 11 September 1910 – 3 November 1910
HMS Pembroke II – Shore establishment 4 November 1910 – 25 August 1911
After almost 6 years service Stoker Alexander Jamison bought himself out of the Royal Navy.
Authorisation was given on 17 August 1911 and he was placed on the Royal Fleet Reserve Chatham on 26 August 1911
He was recalled to the Navy just before the declaration of war on 28 July 1914
HMS Pembroke II – Shore establishment 25 July 1914 – 28 July 1914
HMS Cressy – Cressy-class armoured cruiser 29 July 1914 – 22 September 1914
HMS Cressy was sunk by German submarine U9 on 22 September 1914