Regiment : H.M.S. Queen Mary Royal Navy
Service number : SS106345
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 31st May 1916 aged 26
Buried : Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, England, Panel 20.
Relatives : Son of Emily Yoxall, 1 Britten St., Redditch, Worcestershire, and the late Jesse Yoxall
Memorial : Redditch War Memorial
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for navy casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.
HMS Queen Mary was a battle cruiser. On the first day of the Battle of Jutland, she was hit by several German shells fired from SMS Defflinger, one of which penetrated into the ship’s magazines. The ensuing explosion sank the ship in minutes with the loss of 1,266 of her crew. She was the largest warship sunk by the German Navy in World War 1, her loss was a severe blow to the Royal Navy as her 13.5 inch guns were the most accurate in the British Fleet.
Joseph Yoxall has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Portsmouth Naval Memorial.