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Stkr.1st.Cl. William Pascoe Hender Royal Navy HMS Monmouth

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Stkr.1st.Cl. William Pascoe Hender

Royal Navy HMS Monmouth

from:8 Arthur Terrace, Torpoint, Cornwall

(d.1st Nov 1914)

William Hender was born on 6th of June 1891, the first of 13 children born to Richard and Edith Hender in Torpoint, Cornwall. He was apprenticed to his father, a butcher in Fore Street. On the 1911 census William is described as being feeble minded since birth. When he was 18 years old he spent 10 months in Bodmin Lunatic Asylum and was discharged as recovered in 1909. Two years later he joined the Royal Navy and was on HMS Monmouth when he was killed at the Battle of Coronel, in the Pacific Ocean. His ship, one of four older weaker British vessels, engaged with five modern German vessels with greater fire-power and HMS Monmouth was lost with all hands on 1st November 1914. William's younger brother, Charles, also in the Royal Navy, was killed less than three months earlier. William's father was so distressed at the loss of his two sons that he later took his own life. William's name is on the Plymouth Naval Memorial on Plymouth Hoe.

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