Thomas Dowd

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment: February 1915
  • Place of enlistment:
  • Service no: SS/116817
  • Rank: Stoker 1st Class
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: H.M.S. Black Prince
  • Unit/Ship: Royal Navy
  • Place of Death: Lost at Sea
  • Age at Death: 21
  • Date of Death: 31.05.1916
  • Burial Country:
  • Cemetery: Portsmouth Naval Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 18

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth:
  • Address: 1 Ferguson St, Dundee
  • Occupation: Shipyard Labourer
  • Mother:

    Mary Dowd

  • Father:

    Thomas Dowd, 4 Bristol St, Ludlow, Mass, USA

  • Siblings:

    Joseph, John & Lizzie

  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about Thomas Dowd

Thomas has no known grave but is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. He was serving aboard H.M.S. Black Prince which was an armoured cruiser which formed part of Rear-Admiral Robert Arbuthnot’s ill-fated 1st Cruiser Squadron at Jutland. The squadron was employed as a screen several miles ahead of the Grand Fleet. During the early engagement, Black Prince became separated from the rest of the force, and later during the night came into contact with the German High Seas Fleet at point blank range. Powerful searchlights were turned on her and she was engaged by up to five battleships. There were no survivors from a crew of 858.

Thomas Dowd   SS/116817   H.M.S.  Black Prince

DOWDIn loving memory of our dear son, Thomas Dowd, stoker, who was lost on H.M.S. Black Prince, at the battle of Jutland, 31st May 1916, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Dowd, No. 1 Ferguson Street, Dundee.

Dundee People’s Journal 9th June 1917.

Thomas Dowd was the son of Mrs Mary A Dowd of 1 Ferguson Place, Dundee and was employed as a Shipyard Labourer. He volunteered to join the Royal Navy in February 1915 as a Stoker Second Class and did his initial training at HMS Victory, the Naval Barracks in Portsmouth. On completion he was drafted to Armoured Cruiser HMS Black Prince in June 1915. In February 1916 he was advanced to Stoker First Class. HMS Black Prince served with the Grand Fleet in the North Sea. At about 5.30 on the afternoon of the Battle of Jutland the Black Prince’s squadron came into contact with the German Battle Fleet and two of the ships, HM Ships Warrior and Defence, were very badly hit with the Defence blowing up and Warrior sinking later. Survivors gave the last confirmed sighting of the Black Prince. It is probable that German battleships came into contact with the Black Prince during the night. At point blank range the Germans fired on the Black Prince which caught fire and sank in about fifteen minutes. There were no survivors and over 850 men were lost. Thomas Dowd is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial on Southsea Common.

Information supplied by Gary Thomson, additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell, Ian Stewart & Ian Birnie

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