Ref ID: 4556
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Certificate relating to Stoker 1st Class Andrew West.
Name: Andrew West.
Service Number: K/3964.
Rank: Stoker 1st Class.
Battalion: H.M.P Pathfinder.
Regiment: Royal Navy.
Born: 17th June 1891, Shankill, Belfast.
Died: 5th September 1914.
Address: 147 Argyle Street, Belfast
Andrew West, son of Andrew and Teresa West, lived at 147 Argyle Street, Shankill Road, Belfast
Andrew West lived at 41 Fleming Street, Shankill Road, when born. His family also lived at 25 Hills Avenue, Sydenham, 50 Tobergill Street, Shankill Road, 184 Wilton Street, Shankill Road and 29 Collyer Street, Belfast.
The 1901 Ireland Census has Andrew living at 24 Beresford Street, Shankill Road, Belfast with his mother, father, occupation, Shop Keeper, and brother William, 16 years, Monitor In N School. There are two Mary Jane Erwin's living within the house, one aged 2 years and the other 22 years, Laundress, and both registered as Daughter of his father, recognised as Head Of House
Andrews Father died on the 23rd February 1904
Prior to enlistment Andrews occupation is given as Labourer
On the 5th of August 1909 Andrew signed up to 12 years service within the Royal Navy and was based at Chatham.
He spent his career serving on a number of ships, beginning aboard H.M.S Acheron, were he stayed until December 1909. He then served aboard the following, H.M.S Attentive, H.M.S Foresight, H.M.S Pembroke, H.M.S St George, H.M.S Pembroke II, and H.M.S Russell, before dying on H.M.S Pathfinder.
Andrew was a Stoker 1st Class aboard H.M.P. Pathfinder, within the Royal Navy when he was Killed In Action At Sea on the 5th September 1914 aged 23 years
A local newspaper states.
BELFAST MAN MISSING.
Among the names of those reported missing after the blowing up of the ill-fated Pathfinder we regret to learn the name of another Belfast man occurs, that of Andrew West, first class stoker, of 25 Hills Avenue, Sydenham
Further research information shows that H.M.S Pathfinder was the first ever ship to be sunk with what is known as a Locomotive Torpedo fired from aboard a submarine. U-21, Commanded by Otto Hersing was responsible for the action. There was conflicting stories told about the sinking, for different reasons, one reported at the time that the ship had been sunk by a mine, however this was known not to be true
Andrews Pension Application Form shows his mother Teresa as claimant.
His Dependant Pension Application Forms show his mother as claimant also
Andrew received the British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1915 Star
He is Remembered at Chatham Naval Memorial, United Kingdom
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