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Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Events - Loss of HMY Aries -
- 31 October 1915 -


The naval patrol vessel HMY Aries was lost on 31 October 1915 having hit a mine off Leathercoat Point, Kent, with the loss of many lives, including five men from the Isle of Wight.

Event details


Two Cowes men are believed drowned by the sinking of one of H.M. patrol ships on Sunday. One is Mr Willett Moores, second son of the late Mr Charles Moores and of Mrs Moores, of Eldebaran, Beckford-road, and brother of Mr F R Moores, a well known Cowes footballer. The deceased who was a chef, was 46, a widower, with one daughter, and a popular member of Cowes Conservative Club. A message of sympathy has been received by the mother from the King and Queen. The other man is Harry Moth, a fireman, youngest son of Mr and Mrs G Moth of 4 Victoria Cottages, Brunswick-road, whose wife and child live at 1 Mary-street, Cowes. He was 27 and was in the employ of Messr J S White and Co before the war. Asst-Paymaster F H Bacon, the secretary of the Hants Cricket Club, who has been drowned, was serving on the same ship. Two Freshwater men were among the lost, viz. Edward John Pritchard, a greaser, single, aged 43, only son of the late Mr and Mrs W Pritchard, formerly well known Freshwater people, and a brother of Miss N Pritchard of Queen's-road, and Keith Kenneth Ayles, 31, youngest son of Mr and Mrs G Ayles, of Cambridge House, Church-place, a stoker. Pritchards's body has been brought home for burial, the interment taking place, with naval honours, at All Saints' on Thursday. The rector (the Rev A J Robertson) officiated. Totland Coastguards acted as bearers. Deceased has acted as an auxiliary postman, and several postmen attended, representatives of Court Yar A.O.F. and Mr A Lowe of Yarmouth, a former shipmate.

Freshwater : Pritchard  Ayles
The headstone of Frederick Pritchard, which also carries a memorial inscription to Keith Ayles

Among those who died

and Name
Place of residenceReferencesNames on Portsmouth Naval Memorial
Petty Officer I
Frederick Allen
Uckfield CWGC record ...
Third Engineer
H Alward
CWGC record ...
Keith Kenneth Ayles
Freshwater CWGC record ...
Memorial Inscription at Freshwater All Saints Cemetery, on the grave of E J Pritchard
Asst Paymaster
Francis Hugh Bacon
Southampton CWGC record ...
Henry Calder
Edinburgh CWGC record ...
Henry Carling
Lingdale, North Yorkshire CWGC record ...
Signal Boy
Edward Church
Sutton on Sea, Lincolnshire CWGC record ...
Asst Steward
Ernest Frederick Draper
Southampton, formerly of Cowes CWGC record ...
Petty Officer I
Arthur James Maurice Fielder
Eastbourne CWGC record ... Portsmouth naval memorial : A J M Fielder
Deck Hand
James Nicholson Lambie
South Shields CWGC record ...
Asst Steward
G Major
CWGC record ...
Signal Boy
Arthur William Manning
CWGC record ...
William Henry Martin
Southampton CWGC record ... Portsmouth naval memorial : W H Martin
Willett Moores
Cowes CWGC record ...
CWGC record gives his name as William Moore
William Henry Moss
Liverpool CWGC record ...
Harry Moth
Cowes CWGC record ...
Asst Engineer
Frederick William Pender
CWGC record ... Portsmouth naval memorial : F W Pender
Edward John Pritchard
Freshwater CWGC record ...
Buried at Freshwater All Saints Cemetery
Fred Randall
Blackwood, Monmouthshire CWGC record ... Portsmouth naval memorial : F Randall
Second Engineer
W Shelley
Southampton CWGC record ...
George Smith
Portsmouth CWGC record ...
Second Cook
S C Turner
CWGC record ...
Frederick Enos Winpenny
CWGC record ... Portsmouth naval memorial : F E Winpenny

Information taken from : The Isle of Wight County Press 6 November 1915, 13 November 1915
Information taken from : The Times Digital Archive 3 November 1915


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