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Owen Yore (1896-1916)

Pony driver from South Hylton was fatally injured on HMS Tiger at the Battle of Jutland

Owen Yore was born on 28 February 1896 in South Hylton, Sunderland. His father was Peter Yore (1864-1935) a Sunderland born coal miner. His mother was Elizabeth Yore nee Docherty (1867-1924) who was born in Longton, Staffordshire. His parents married in Easington in 1884 and they went on to have 13 children. In 1901 the family lived in 6 Double Row, Penshaw and in 1911 they were living in 16 South Terrace, Horden and Owen was working as a pony driver below ground in a coal mine.

Owen was a member of the Royal Naval Reserve in which he was a stoker with the service number 5441/S. His home port was Chatham. He was called up on the outbreak of war and served on HMS Tiger a battlecruiser launched in 1913. HMS Tiger took part in the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916. It was hit a total of 18 times during the battle, suffering 24 men killed, including Owen, and 46 wounded. She returned to Rosyth Dockyard, Scotland for repairs, arriving on the morning of 2 June 1916, by which time Owen had been buried at sea. He is honoured on the Chatham Naval Memorial and on a Plaque 1914-18 at St Mary Magdalene’s Roman Catholic Church, Seaham Harbour.

Owen Yore was awarded the Star, Victory Medal and British War Medal for his service in World War One.

Civil Parish: Ford

Birth date: 28-Feb-1896

Death date: 31-May-1916

Armed force/civilian: Navy

Residence: 6 Double Row, Penshaw (1901 census)
16 South Terrace, Horden (1911 census)

Religion: Roman Catholic

Employment: Pony driver, coal mine (1911 census)

Family: Parents: Peter Yore (1864-1935), Elizabeth Yore nee Docherty (1867-1924)
Siblings: Thomas Yore, John Yore, Peter Yore, Michael Yore, Elizabeth Ann Yore, Mary Alice Yore, Esther Yore, Frances Yore, Lawrence Yore, Nora Yore, Agnes Yore, Winifred Yore

Military service:

HMS Tiger

Medal(s): Star
Victory Medal
British War Medal

Memorial(s): Chatham Naval Memorial
Plaque 1914-18, St Mary Magdalene’s Roman Catholic Church, Seaham Harbour

Gender: Male

Contributed by David D, Stanley, Co Durham