Lives Lived and Lives Lost - Portsmouth and the Great War

Like his father Daniel, Ernest George Gollop spent a significant part of his adult life in the Royal Navy, but unlike Daniel, Ernest George was born in Portsmouth, on 5th February 1886, whereas Daniel had been born at Poole, Dorset in 1845.
Daniel had moved to Portsmouth in the 1850s with his mother Mary and though he was recorded by the 1851 census as a visitor to the town it may not have been until later that the move became permanent, the 1861 census recording Daniel living with Mary and his older brother Henry at West Street in Old Portsmouth. In 1867 the 22 year old Daniel married Eliza Chessell (some census records referred to her as Emily) who was from the Isle of Wight and in 1871 they were living at Union Street in Portsea; Eliza's mother Emma Hurst was also in the household. By this time Daniel had already joined the Royal Navy.
Daniel and Eliza are missing from the 1881 census probably because Daniel had an overseas posting and had taken Eliza with him. When they re-appeared in 1891 they did so accompanied by six children, the whole family living at 48 Byerley Road. The children were Frederick, Louisa, Florence, Ernest George, Gertrude and Wallace who were all born between 1873 and 1889.
The 1901 census records the family at 202 Shearer Road, off St. Mary's Road but Ernest George was not at home as he was attending naval school at Greenwich. For the 1911 census he was back at Shearer Road, presumably on leave from his post as Royal Navy Ship's Steward. His postings once the Great War had broken out are currenly unknown apart from his service aboard HMS Chrysanthemum, a Flower Class Corvette used as a Q Ship, in the Mediterranean in 1918. The circumstances surrounding Ernest Gollop's death are unknown but it is known that he was buried at Gibraltar.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) lists Ernest George Gollop, Leading Victualling Assistant (344173), HMS Chrysanthemum, Royal Navy, died, 03/05/1918. Buried at Gibraltar (north Front) Cemetery, (Grave Ref: C.3868.). Son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Gollop, of 202, Shearer Rd., Buckland, Portsmouth.
Ernest Gollop is commemorated on the St. Wilfrid's Church WW1 Memorial and the Cenotaph, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth. He is not listed in "The National Roll of the Great War", Section X.
Tim Backhouse
January 2015