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Private John Coulson of the Royal Marines was killed at sea two days after his 26th birthday in one of the first naval disasters of the First World War. He was the son of Frederick Coulson and his wife of 23, St Paul's Street, Stamford, and was born at Glebe Farm, Tinwell, on 13 October 1888. He was a butcher before joining the Royal Marines on 9 October 1911. John was on board HMS Hawke, an old cruiser launched in 1891, when it was attacked by a German submarine in the North Sea off Aberdeen and sunk on 15 October 1914. She had been sailing with her sister ship HMS Theseus when they were attacked by U-9. The submarine's first torpedo missed Theseus but hit Hawke, igniting a magazine and causing an explosion which ripped much of the ship apart. She sank in a few minutes, killing her captain, 26 officers and 497 men. 70 crew members survived. John Coulson has no grave, and is remembered on the Chatham Naval Memorial, and on the war memorial in Tinwell.

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  • Tinwell Church
  • Tinwell Memorial 2
  • Tinwell plaque
  • Chatham Naval Memorial 1
  • Chatham Naval Memorial 2
  • Panel 7
  • J Coulson 2
  • J Coulson 1

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Mr Coulson's name on the Memorial, taken 1 May 2015
By John Stokes on Friday 1st May '15 at 8:01pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.
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