John Henry Carless


John Henry Carless Famous memorial

Walsall, Metropolitan Borough of Walsall, West Midlands, England
Death 17 Nov 1917 (aged 21)
Helgoland, Kreis Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Memorial Site* Portsmouth, Portsmouth Unitary Authority, Hampshire, England

* A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.

Plot 25
Memorial ID 8224405 View Source

World War I Victoria Cross recipient. Born at Walsall, Staffordshire, England, joined the Royal Navy on September 1, 1915 and served as a Ordinary Seaman on board the HMS Caledon. On November 17, 1917 at the Battle of Heligoland, Germany, he was the Rammer on a gun that was hit, causing many casualties. He was mortally wounded in the abdomen, but continued to serve his gun and also assisted in clearing away casualties. He collapsed but managed to get up and cheer the crew that took over the gun before falling dead. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross on May 17, 1918 and in 1923, Oxford Street was renamed Carless Street in his honor.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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Ordinary Seaman, Royal Navy. Age: 21.


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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 31 Dec 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial 8224405
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Henry Carless (11 Nov 1896–17 Nov 1917), Find a Grave Memorial ID 8224405, citing Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Portsmouth, Portsmouth Unitary Authority, Hampshire, England ; Maintained by Find a Grave .