Fred B. Senior (1919-1939)

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Biography

Fred B. Senior was born in 1919 in Huddersfield, the son of iron turner Ben Senior and his wife Ellen (née Crow).

At the time of the 1921 Census, the family was living at 32 Spring Grove Street, Huddersfield.

He attended Spring Grove School and High Street Methodist Sunday School.

He died on 14 October 1939 when the battleship HMS Royal Oak was sunk by German U-boat U-47 whist anchored at Scapa Flow, Orkney.[1][2]

Extracts

Huddersfield Examiner (21/Oct/1939):

LOST IN ROYAL OAK

Twenty-year-old Huddersfield Marine

A Huddersfield man was lost in the sinking of the Royal Oak. Fred B. Senior, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. Senior, of 18, Prospect Street, was a marine on board.

He was a fine young fellow, 5ft. l0 ½in. in height, and was only twenty years of age.

He joined the Navy nearly two years ago, and was transferred to the Royal Oak last June. In the Navy he was very happy — all his letters home bore testimony to that. His mother heard from him only on the 10th.

For his age he had quite a long association with His Majesty’s forces, for he was no more than a boy of about fifteen when he joined the local Territorials.

Mr. and Mrs. Senior have a family of five. Fred was the elder of the two boys. He was educated at Spring Grove School, and was attached formerly to High Street Methodist Sunday School.

An Uppermill Victim

An eighteen-year-old Uppermill youth, James Richard Griffiths, also lost his life in the sinking of the battleship.

The youth joined the Royal Navy nearly two years ago. He was at H.M.S. Ganges School at Shotley, and then at Portsmouth with H.M.S. Hawkins. Later he was transferred to the Royal Oak, and went to that ship from Uppermill on June 1, which was the last his father saw of him. He was educated at the Saddleworth Parochial School, Uppermill.

The Saddleworth Housing Committee on Monday evening passed a resolution of sympathy with the father, Mr. Fred Griffiths, of New Street, Uppermill.

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Notes and References

  1. Wikipedia: HMS Royal Oak (08).
  2. Ordinary Seaman James Richard Griffiths of Uppermill, Saddleworth, was another local casualty.