Robert Dunsmore

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment:
  • Service no: Clyde Z/6222
  • Rank: Able Seaman
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: H.M.S. Queen Mary
  • Unit/Ship: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
  • Place of Death: Lost at Sea
  • Age at Death: 24
  • Date of Death: 31.05.1916.
  • Burial Country:
  • Cemetery: Portsmouth Naval Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 24

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth: 06.06.1895
  • Place of Birth:
  • Address: 51 Yeamans Shore, Dundee
  • Occupation:
  • Mother:

    Rose Ann Gray, 51 Yeaman Shore, Dundee

  • Father:

    Duncan Gray

  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about Robert Dunsmore

Robert has no known grave but is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, he was serving aboard HMS Queen Mary which was the last battlecruiser built before World War I and only member of her class. She was in the 1st Battle Cruiser Squadron and was commanded by Cecil Irby Prowse. She was hit twice by the German Battle Cruiser Derfflinger during the early part of the battle of Jutland and her magazines exploded shortly afterwards, sinking the ship. Of the crew of 1,289 there were only 20 survivors.

Robert Dunsmore   CZ/6222   Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve


Mrs Dunsmore, 51 Yeaman Shore, Dundee, has received intimation from the Admiralty to the effect that it is feared Seaman Robert Dunsmore, her son, has gone down with the Queen Mary in the recent big naval engagement.  Along with the intimation there came a letter expressing their Majesties’ true sympathy with Mrs Dunsmore in her sorrow.

Seaman Dunsmore was a young man in his 21st Year, and entered the service in August Last.

Dundee Courier 9th June 1916

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

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