Regiment : H.M.S. Good Hope Royal Marine Artillery
Service number : RMA12222
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action on 1st November 1914
Buried : Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, England, Panel 5.
Relatives : Next of kin was his sister, Mrs Lydie Underwood, 18 Holcroft Street, Dudley Port.
Memorial : Dudley War Memorial
Resided : High Side, Dudley
Credits : Researched by Jade Gandy and John Hale. HMS Good Hope information researched and transcribed by Sandra Taylor.
HMS Good Hope was a Drake Class Armoured Cruiser and along with other ships in this class was one of the fastest ships in the world at that time. She became the flagship of Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher Craddock in his South American Squadron in August 1914. On 1st November 1914 off the coast of Chile the British ships encountered a number of German ships under the command of Vice-Admiral Graf Maximilian Von Spee. The ensuing Battle of Coronel resulted in the loss of HMS Good Hope and HMS Monmouth. There were no survivors from either ship.
William Cartwright has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Portsmouth Naval Memorial.