John William Booth was killed in action on the thirty-first of May, 1916. He served in the navy and was killed in The Battle of Jutland. He left behind three children, the youngest of whom was only four years old. He was born in Hull on the thirtieth of October, 1875, to George Booth and Emma Booth (formerly Crook) and was married to Ellen (formerly Sawdon). They had three children, John William, Mary Ellen and George Vincent. John William Booth joined the navy in October 1893. He served aboard HMS Audacious. His final ship was HMS Southampton which took part in the Battle of Jutland. Thirty-five men were killed on board that ship and forty-one wounded. John William was the leading stoker and was aged 41 (although according to records he was 42. He had added a year to his age to enable him to join the navy all those years ago). He was talked about with great pride by my grandfather, George, although he can hardly have remembered him. His grave/memorial reference is 17 and is at the Chatham Naval Memorial. I still have his memorial plaque which reads "John William Booth. He died for freedom and honour." He is remembered with love and pride by his great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren. God bless, John William Booth x

Sharon Booth