Regiment : H.M.S. Good Hope Royal Navy
Service number : K20391
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 1st November 1914 aged 21
Buried : Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, England, Panel 5.
Relatives : Youngest son of T. W. and Jane Corbett, 31 St. Clement's Square, Worcester
Memorial : Worcester Guildhall
Also appears on : Worcester St Clements Church
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for navy casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.
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.
The following report appears in Berrow’s Worcester Journal, Saturday 28th November 1914:
Worcester Man on the Good Hope
Mr T.W. Corbett, of 36, St Clement’s Square, has received official intimation that his youngest son, George Corbett, who was a stoker on the Good Hope, is among the lost. Mr Corbett knew that his son was on the vessel, but hoped that he might be saved, and did not despair until he had the official intimation on Saturday. George Corbett was 21 years of age. He was an old St Peter’s boy and, before he joined the Navy, about 12 months ago, he worked in the G.W.R. Goods Department at Shrub Hill.
A photograph of Worcester boy G. Corbett can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 19th December 1914, available at Worcestershire Archives.
George Corbett has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Portsmouth Naval Memorial.