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13 Jun 1880
He was the son of James and Alice Spowage and the brother of Jane, Annie, George and Alice Spowage. In 1891 they lived at 153 Birkin Avenue and in 1901 at 4 Bateman Street (both Hyson Green Nottingham). Jane and Alice later kept an off licence at 7 Duke Street Old Basford Nottingham. He was the husband of Ethel (née Cocking) Spowage of 11 Renny Road Fratton Portsmouth.
He was a fitter/ turner.
01 Jun 1916
3038597 - CWGC Website
Engine Room Artificer
HMS Tipperary Royal Navy
John Spowage enlisted 14/1/1907 for 12 years. Throughout his naval service on 11 ships his character was classed 'VG' (Very Good). HMS Tipperary, a Faulknor Class destroyer launched in 1915, led the 4th Flotilla at the Battle of Jutland under Captain C. J. Wintour. Tipperary and her squadron pressed home determined torpedo attacks on the German main battle line as it escaped across the rear of the British fleet during the night action, starting at approximately 23:20 on 31 May 1916. The 4th Flotilla sank the German light cruiser SMS Frauenlob, but Tipperary and many of the other British destroyers were sunk or badly damaged. These engagements took place at such close range that some of Tipperary 's squadron were able to hit the German dreadnoughts with their small 4-inch guns, causing casualties that included command officers on the bridges. HMS Tipperary was sunk on 1 June 1916 by 5.9-inch (150 mm) fire from the secondary battery of the German dreadnought SMS Westfalen with the loss of 185 hands from her crew of 197. The wreck site is designated as a protected place under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986. (Wikipedia) He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial
Obituary published 13th June 1916 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “SPOWAGE. – Lost with H.M.S. Tipperary, E.R.A. John Spowage, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. James Spowage, 101, Whitemoor-road. Deeply mourned. – From his sorrowing mother, father, brother, and sisters.” Above obituary is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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