Tower Hill Mercantile Marine Memorial,
Son of William John and the late Ann
Elizebeth Jasper. Husband of Mabel Bessie Jasper (nee
Bravis), of 37, Threefield Lane, Southampton. Born at
St. Helier, Jersey.
Killed, aged 39 years.
S.S. "Connaught" (Dublin). Twin
screw steam ship built by Cammell Laird of Birkenhead,
2646 tons. In 1915 Connaught was commandeered by the War
Office and put into service as a troop carrier.
On the 3rd March 1917, 29 miles S by W
½ W from Owers Light Vessel, she was torpedoed
without warning and sunk by a submarine whilst sailing
through the English Channel. Three lives were lost.
Henry Charles Jasper was
born in 1877 at St Helier the son of William John and
Ann Elizabeth Jasper who were both from St Helier. He
and his brothers and sisters grew up at 14 St Journeaux
Street, St Helier and later at 28 Providenast , his father
was a Ships Rigger.
Unsurprisingly young Henry himself went
away to sea in his teens and by 1901 was an experienced
Able Seaman serving aboard the Allan Lines passenger
steamer Bavarian on trooping duties to South
Africa for the Boer War 1899-1902. Henry was promoted
to Quarter Master and Coxswain of the Bavarian
in March 1901 making repeated voyages to South Africa.
In 1903 he started serving aboard the Goorkha
initially as an AB but soon as QM making several voyages
before returning to the normal nomadic life of a seaman
of that age changing ships on a regular basis in order
to progress. He began sailing as a Bosun in December 1904
and in 1910 landed a prized regular berth with Union Castle
aboard their Royal Mail liner Walmer Castle
where he quickly re-assumed the role of Quarter Master
and Coxswain on the Cape Mail run. He had married Mabel
Bessie Bravis by this point and settled in Southampton
so a regular wage was required.
Jersey Mercantile Marine Memorial at Jersey Maritime Museum
Able Seaman Henry Charles Jasper
Mercantile Marine S.S. "Connaught"
(Pictures courtesy of Peter Sharpe)
Henry Jasper remained at
sea with the outbreak of war and served as Bosuns Mate
aboard the Kenilworth Castle from Sep 1914
until Apr 1915 and then aboard the Goorkha
again, by now a Hospital Ship, and then the Hospital
Ship Valdivia in 1916. On 3rd March 1917
he was sailing as Able Seaman aboard the City of Dublin
Steam Packet Cos Connaught when she
was torpedoed and sunk by U48 on a voyage from Le Havre
to Southampton on war service, Henry Jasper was amongst
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record