Thomas Dowd

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • 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:
  • 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

Information supplied by Gary Thomson, additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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