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)

St Paul’s Parish Church, York Street , Belfast

St Paul’s Parish Church, York Street , Belfast

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


Records Available

Census Records

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

Alexander Jamison

London War Memorial

Chatham Naval War Memorial

Chatham Naval 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