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George Brantingham (1863-1914)

Sunderland fitter served as an engine-room artificer in the Royal Navy on HMS Aboukir

George Brantingham was born in Sunderland on 15 April 1863. His father was Durham born steamship owner Philip Brantingham (1839-1899). His mother was Jane Brantingham nee Rogerson (1839-1898) from Morpeth, Northumberland. He had one sister and one brother both born in London. In 1871 George was a boarding scholar at Richmond House School, Margate, Kent. In 1881 the Brantingham family lived at 1 The Grove, Bishopwearmouth, Sunderland with two servants but George was not present in the family home on the census date.

George married Margaret Hudson Brantingham nee Kirkup (1862-1933) from Sunderland in 1885. He joined the Royal Navy on 9 June 1890 to serve for 12 years. He was a fitter in civilian life and was initially rated as an acting engine-room artificer 4th class. His service number was 155692. In 1891 his family lived at 31 William Street, Stoke Damerel, Devonport, Devon. In the 1901 census George was recorded serving aboard HMS Magdala, Coast Defence Vessel, Bombay, India. He was an engine-room artificer 2nd class at this time. He completed his initial period of service and elected to continue serving up to pensionable age on 9 May 1902.

In 1911 George and his family lived in Ferry Bridge Cottages, Wyke Regis, Dorset. He became a naval pensioner on 7 June 1912 after 22 years continuous service. He was an engine-room artificer 1st class when he retired. On the outbreak of war he volunteered to return to active service on 2 August 1914. He served on the armoured cruiser HMS Aboukir. On 22 September 1914 Aboukir, along with two other cruisers HMS Hogue and HMS Cressey, were ambushed in the North Sea and sunk by a German U-boat. George was one of 527 crew from Aboukir killed. In total 1450 sailors were killed in the action of 22 September 1914. George’s body was not recovered for burial and he is honoured on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. He was 51 years old when he died.

George Brantingham was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the Victory Medal and the British War Medal for his service in World War One.

Civil Parish: Sunderland

Birth date: 15-April-1863

Death date: 22-Sep-1914

Armed force/civilian: Navy

Residence: Sunderland (Birthplace)
Richmond House, 5 Athelstan Road, Margate, Kent (1871 census)
31 William Street, Stoke Damerel, Devonport, Devon (1891 census)
HMS Magdala, Coast Defence Vessel, Bombay, India (1901 census)
Ferry Bridge Cottages, Wyke Regis, Dorset (1911 census)

Education: Richmond House School, Margate, Kent

Employment: Fitter (1890 service record)

Family: Parents: Philip Thompson Brantingham (1839-1899), Jane Brantingham nee Rogerson (1839-1898)
Siblings: Jessie Thompson Brantingham (b 1866), William Scott Brantingham (b 1867)
Spouse: Margaret Hudson Brantingham nee Kirkup (1862-1933)
Children: Gertrude Thomson Brantingham (b 1889), George Kirkup Brantingham (b 1891), William Harrison Brantingham (b 1893), Jessie Brantingham (b 1897)

Military service:

Royal Navy
Service Number 155692
Engine-room artificer 1st class
HMS Aboukir

Medal(s): 1914-15 Star
Victory Medal
British War Medal

Memorial(s): Portsmouth Naval Memorial

Gender: Male

Contributed by David D, Stanley, Co Durham

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