Stoker 1st Class RN W. H. Cowell Service number 278335
Ship Royal Navy H.M.S. “Pembroke”
Date of birth 23rd November 1875
Date of death 12th May 1916
Age at death 40 years
William was born in Great Bentley, Essex on 23 November 1875. He had originally enlisted on 30 November 1894. After twelve years, he left the Royal Navy, but joined the Royal Navy Reserve. He was mobilised on 18th October 1914. He served on one ship only, HMS Hearty, from December 1914 to May 1915 and was then shore-based. He died on 12 May 1916 at Dreadnought Hospital Greenwich of cerebral meningitis. His widow, Annie Cowell, resided at 17, Park Grove, Portway, West Ham, London.