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Boy 1st Class

John (Jack) Travers Cornwell V C, Mentioned in Despatches, Bronze Cross (Scouts)

Military: H.M.S. "Chester" Royal Navy

Died: 02/06/1916   Aged: 16

Buried: Manor Park Cemetery, London, UK

Cemetery/memorial ref: 55. 13.

Son of the late Eli Cornwell, of 10, Alverstone Rd., Manor Park, Essex, and the late Lily Cornwell(nee King).

Jack Cornwell was only 16 when he lost his life at the Battle of Jutland. His ship came under heavy fire and he was mortally wounded, but stayed steady at his post, ready to follow orders. It was this devotion to duty that earned him both the nation’s respect and a posthumous Victoria Cross.

His father,Private Eli Cornwell was killed on 25/10/1916 and his half brother Private Arthur Frederick Cornwell on 29/08/1918.

Scout Ref: John Cornwell was a keen Scout in St. Mary’s Mission Group, Manor Park, London.  His Scoutmaster was A.F. Avery.

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“Battle of Jutland”