While Mr Jones escaped being assigned to the HMS Bulwark and therefore was not on board when it exploded on 26 November 1914, many others were not so lucky. Among those who were presumed dead was Herbert Rowley, of Compton.
According to the Express & Star article dated 3 December 1914, he was 30 when he was killed, and he was
of Bridgnorth Road, Compton…at the time he was called up as a Naval Reservist was chauffeur to Mr. T. B. Adams of Compton Hall. He was a first-class stoker, and on leaving the Navy he was employed in the power station at the works of Messrs. Bayliss, Jones and Bayliss. Later he was engaged at Messrs. Sankey’s works, and then be became chauffeur to Mr. Adams. He was married about two years ago, and he was a member of the Hope and Charity Lodge, Manchester Unity of Oddfellows
Given this information, his marriage is probably that to a Florence Hutchinson, registered in Wolverhampton in September 1912. However, his entry on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site gives his wife’s name as “Harriett Rowley, of ‘Woodland Cottage,’ Finchfield Hill, Compton, near Wolverhampton” – possibly this is her middle name? He is also listed as the son of William and Ann Rowley, of Tettenhall, near Wolverhampton. Finding his birth entry has proved a little more difficult, particularly as he sometimes seems to have been listed as “Bert” or “Bertie”.
Because he was lost at sea, he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.