Charles Adderley

Randall Arthur Alcock

George Henry Allsopp

William Allwood

George Herbert Alton

Thomas Alton

Stephen Annable

Harold Arnold

Arthur Ashton

David Johnson Barber

Thomas William Barker

Raymond Theodore Frederick Barnett M.B.E, R.A.M.C.

John Bates

Samuel Wood Bath

George Edward Belfield

Samuel Arthur Belfield

Allan Bembridge

Arthur Bembridge

John Bembridge

Albert Beresford

George Alexander Berkin

Harry Birkin (Berkin)

William Blackham

James Puttock Blagg

Charles Frederick Bloor

Albert Blount

James William Blount

William Bond

Charlie Boot

Ernest Boot

William Herbert Boot

William James Booth

Samuel Bower

Fred Bowler M.M.

George Bowmer

William Brailsford

Charles Reginald Brandreth

John George Brentnall

George Brown

David John Burbridge

George Burdett

Arthur Butler

John Butler

1st Class Stoker 312400

John George Brentnall

HMS Invincible Royal Navy

Drowned on Wednesday 31st May 1916 aged 29 during the Battle of Jutland.

The Invincible was the last of the three British battle cruisers to be lost during the battle of Jutland, where she was the flagship of Admiral Horace Hood.

In May 1916 the 3rd Battle Cruiser Squadron had been sent to join the Grand Fleet to get some invaluable gunnery practise. This squadron led the advance of the Grand Fleet from Scapa Flow which came close to catching the German High Seas Fleet.
At around 6.15 p.m. on Wednesday 31st of May 1916 HMS Invincible joined in the battle against the German battle cruisers. The Invincible opened fire first at 10,000 yards, disabling the Wiesbadenand and the Pillau, two light cruisers (although the Pillau later escaped). The Invincible also scored two hits on the Lützow, but was exposed to fire from that ship and the Derfflinger. The fifth hit, from Derfflinger, hit the roof of 'Q' turret, penetrating the thinner battle cruiser armour. The explosion set fire to the cordite propellant, the flash spread back to the magazine and the ship was blown in half and reports said that she sank within 15 seconds at 6.33pm.

'Flames shot up from the gallant flagship, and there came again the awful spectacle of a fiery burst, followed by a huge column of dark smoke which, mottled with blackened debris, swelled up hundreds of feet in the air'.

John being a Stoker would have been well below decks so if he survived the explosion he would have had no chance of escape.
61 Officers and 965 men were killed.

Only seven of her crew survived.

After the war, the wreckage of the Invincible was located by a minesweeper at 57-02-40 N/ 06-07-15.E. 55 metres down. The pieces of the ship rest on a sandy bottom near each other, the stern right-side up and the bow upside-down. The roof of the aft 12 inch turret is missing, the guns still loaded. She is protected as a War Grave.

Burial Place

The ship is John's last resting place and is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial which commemorates 9,667 sailors lost during the First World War with no known grave.

John is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 17.




John was the son of the late Alfred & Rachael Brentnall, of Marlpool, Heanor, Nottingham.



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