Lives Lived and Lives Lost - Portsmouth and the Great War

Little is known of Thomas Reuben Daglish as his family have remained out of reach as far as the censuses are concerned. Thomas himself first appears in the 1901 Census when he was aboard the cruiser HMS Orlando as an able seaman, aged 20 years.
Four years later he married his wife Alice and their first child Constance Louise was born the following year. At the 1991 Census the family were living at 32 Byerley Road, Kingston. Their second child Phyllis Mary was born the same year.
Thomas Reuben was posted to HMS Good Hope shortly after the commencement of the Great War and with her he served in the Pacific Ocean. The ship was engaged by the German cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau at the Battle of Coronel, off the Chilean coast and sunk with her entire complement of 900 hands, including Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher Craddock.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission list Thomas Reuben Daglish, Petty Officer, RN, (192439), died 01/11/1914, serving aboard HMS Good Hope. Remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial (Panel 1).
Thomas Dalglish is remembered on the All Saints Church WW1 memorial and the Cenotaph. His name also appears in the 'National Roll of the Great War' Section X, page 285, which gives his address as 5 Wymering Road, North End.
Tim Backhouse
December 2013