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De Caen, J A

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HMS lndefatigable

HMS lndefatigable


John Alexander De Caen

Petty Officer - 1st Class John Alexander De Caen
Royal Navy. HMS lndefatigable

1914-15 Star

Son of Francis and Jane de Caen, of St Helier, Jersey.

Killed in the Battle of Jutland, aged 37 years


NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Thursday 8 June 1916

Roll of Honour. Yet another Jerseyman, First Class Petty Officer J A de Caen was lost in HMS Indefatigable on 31 May. It was presumed that this sailor was serving on the vessel and yesterday his sister, who resides at Bagot, received the sad information from the Admiralty that the Petty Officer had made the supreme sacrifice. A son of the sailor, who was serving in the Army, was killed in action some time ago. To the relatives we offer our sincere sympathy.
A total of 26 Jerseymen are believed to have lost their lives in the Naval Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916 and on HMS Hampshire which sank on 6 June 1916 after tricking a mine off the Orkneys.

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Friday 9 June 1916

The Late Petty Officer de Caen. We learn that Petty Officer de Caen of HMS Indefatigable whose death in action we reported yesterday, was the uncle of the soldier of the same name killed recently.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record