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Humphrys, C E

Portsmouth Naval Memorial Memorial

Portsmouth Naval Memorial
Southsea Common

Charles Edward Humphrys



Notice of Death appears in Jersey Evening Post of Wednesday 7 June 1916

Commemorated on St Lukes Church Memorial, Jersey




Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record

Charles Edward Humphrys

Chief Armourer Charles Edward Humphrys
Royal Navy. H.M.S. "Princess Royal"

1914-15 Star

Killed in action, aged 33 years

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Tuesday 6 June 1916

The Naval Battle. The relatives of Petty Officer C Humphrys of HMS Princess Royal were shocked yesterday to receive a telegram from the Admiralty stating that the sailor had been killed in action. Petty Officer Humphrys had scores of friends in the Island who will regret to hear of his decease.
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 striking a mine off the Orkneys.

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Wednesday 14 June 1916

A Tribute to a Gallant Jerseyman. The following letter received from the Lieutenant Commander of HMS Princess Royal on which Chief Armourer C E Humphrys lost his life during the naval battle shows in what esteem this gallant Jerseyman was held by the officers of the battleship. The letter reads "Dear Mrs Humphrys, This is just a line to express my heartfelt sympathy with you in the loss of your gallant husband. I am the officer of his
Action Station Quarter; he has always been invaluable for his great ability and I have never had the privilege of serving with anyone who had a greater influence on all through his splendid character and the nobility of his nature and example - he was a perfect gentleman. I had a few words with him a few minutes before he was killed, he was enjoying every moment of the fight and was doing his duty as coolly and collectively as at drill - he died painlessly. I know that you are feeling that your great loss is irreparable but your heroic husband has given his life to keep our homes inviolate from the treacherous and barbarous foe.

With deepest sympathy yours most sincerely,
A GERALD HARRIS, Lt Commander".



(Photograph courtesy of Mr R Amy, Great Nephew)