Cornwell, John Travers

From Battle of Jutland Crew Lists Project
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HMS Chester Crew List (Photographs) HMS Chester Crew List DoW
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Victoria Cross
The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the grant of the Victoria Cross to
Boy, First Class, John Travers Cornwell, O.N.J.42563 (died 2 June 1916),
for the conspicuous act of bravery specified below.
Mortally wounded early in the action, Boy, First Class, Jack Travers Cornwell
remained standing alone at a most exposed post, quietly awaiting orders,
until the end of the action, with the gun's crew dead and wounded all round him.
His age was under sixteen and a half years.
Unknown
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IWM Lives of the First World War
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"Boy (first Class) John Travers Cornwell, H.M.S. Chester, was
mortally wounded early in the action. He nevertheless re-
mained standing alone at a most exposed post, quietly await-
ing orders till the end of the action, with the gun's crew dead
and wounded all around him. His age was under sixteen and
a half years. I regret that he has since died, but I recom-
mend his case for special recognition." --- (From Vice-Admiral
Beatty's report to Sir John Jellicoe.)
Daily Mirror
Friday 07 July 1916
Page 1
(British Newspaper Archive)
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These photographs are known not to be of John Travers Cornwell
but possibly of his brother. In one photograph
there is a cap tally of HMS Lancaster.
As can be seen by his service record he
was never on HMS Lancaster.
Service Record
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