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5057/S   Stoker James Devlin
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 03/06/2024
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: HMS Hampshire, Royal Navy (British Navy)
Died: 05/06/1916 (Died at Sea)
Age: 40
James Devlin was the son of John and Hannah Devlin, and brother of Michael John Devlin, Killeenan, Cookstown. Before joining the Royal Naval Reserve, James was employed in Iron Works at Port Clarence-on-Tees, where he had lived and worked for over 20 years. He was serving as a stoker on board HMS Hampshire and was lost at sea when the ship struck a mine off the Orkney Isles on 5th June 1916. 643 sailors lost their lives with the sinking of the Hampshire, including Lord Kitchener, John Forrest and James Devlin.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Chatham Naval Memorial
  Chatham, Kent, 
Grave Ref: Panel 19
CWGC Casualty 3050857
From the Brompton Barracks Chatham - At the traffic signals turn right onto Globe Lane - A231 (signposted 'Historic Dockyards'). Keep in left hand lane then turn left onto Dock Road (signposted Gillingham). At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Wood Street - A231 (signposted Gillingham). Turn Right on Mansion Row (The memorial is signposted from here), then 1st left on Sally Port Gardens and finally 1st right on King's Bastion. Follow road through the housing estate, the car park to the memorial is at the end of this road. The Memorial overlooks the town of Chatham and is approached by a steep path from the Town Hall Gardens. A copy of the Memorial Register is kept in the Naval Chapel of Brompton Garrison Church and may be consulted there.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - East Panel 2018 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 121
References and Links
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1 Chatham Naval Memorial Photos of Panels 34 through 86 inclusive
2 Photo of Stoker James Devlin's inscription
3 Naval History - June 1916 Lists Stoker James Devlin
4 Stoker John Forrest Also died on HMS Hampshire 5th June 1916
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023