Regiment : (R.F.R. Div. B/5800). H.M.S. Resolution Royal Navy
Service number : SS108425
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Died of pneumonia aged 30 on 8th November 1918
Place of death : Military Hospital, Glasgow
Buried : Worcester (Astwood) Cemetery, England, Grave 13029
Relatives : Son of Thomas and Kate Andrews, 7 George St., Worcester
Memorial : Worcester St Paul's Church
Also appears on : Worcester Guildhall. Worcester Astwood Cemetery.
Credits : HMS Resolution and Astwood Cemetery Burial records researched and transcribed by Sandra Taylor.
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for navy casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.
Herbert Andrews was born on 10th September 1888 in Worcester. At the time of his death his next of kin was his mother Kate, 7 George St., Worcester.
The following service history has been provided by a relative – Nelson Battalion D/707 15th September 1914 to 26th February 1916. UK leave 26th February 1916. Transferred to RN Barracks, Devonport on 25th March 1916, service No Dev/SS/108425. 1914 Star issued to mother on 24th June 1920, residing at 4 St Martins Walk, Shrub Hill, Worcester.
H.M.S. Resolution completed her sea trials on the 7th December 1916 and was commissioned into the 1st battle squadron of the Grand Fleet. Her duties included blockading sea-borne trade in and out of Germany, routine sweeps of the North Sea and practice manoeuvres largely based on Scapa Flow. On the 21st November 1918 Resolution was one of the 250 or so British and American warships which accepted the surrender of the German High seas fleet of 80 ships as they arrived off the Firth of Forth where they were inspected for compliance with the disarmament instructions before being scuttled in Scapa Flow.
Herbert Edgar Andrews, occupation: sailor, resident George Street, St Martins, died in the Military Hospital, Glasgow. He was buried in Astwood Cemetery on 16th November 1918, aged 30 years, Dissenter. The ceremony was performed by the Reverend Thomas Hunter.
Source for additional information: Register of burials in Astwood Cemetery, entry no 40399, available on microfilm at Worcestershire Archives.
A photograph of Stoker H.E. Andrews can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 19th August 1916, available at Worcestershire Archives.