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Name: (John) Joseph MILLS
Casualty No.: Ranks: Able Seaman Initials: J J Service No.: SS/1772 RFR/PO/B/4920
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Blaydon on Tyne, Co. Durham. Age at Death: 26
Unit: HMS Good Hope, Royal Navy.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Swalwell, Co Durham.
Home Address: Whorlton Terrace, Swalwell, Co. Durham.
Previous Address: James Street, Blaydon on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Civilian Employment: Crane Driver.
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Sunday 1st November 1914
Place of Death: Pacific Ocean.
Battle/Campaign: Battle of Coronel, Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chile, 1st November 1914.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Greenside War Memorial, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: Blaydon War Memorial, Blaydon on Tyne, Co. Durham. Wesleyan Methodist Church War Memorial, Blaydon on Tyne, Co. Durham. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire Reference 2.
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: No known grave.
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 2
Service Records: Yes
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, 28th November 1914. Blaydon Courier, page 3, 11th September 1915.
Family Details:
Son of the late Francis and Jane Mills of Askew Road, Gateshead, Co. Durham. Husband of Margaret Carbutt (formerly Mills) of 10 Hawthorn Gardens, Stargate, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Joseph had two children.
Notes : Joseph had completed five years regular service and enrolled with the Regular Fleet Reserve on 15th January 1912. HMS Good Hope was lost with all hands whilst engaging a German naval squadron off Coronel, South America.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register.
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