Joseph Devine

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment:
  • Service no: Clyde Z/651
  • Rank: Able Seaman
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
  • Unit/Ship: Howe Battalion, R.N. Div
  • Place of Death: Turkey/Gallipoli
  • Age at Death: 28
  • Date of Death: 18.05.1915
  • Burial Country: Turkey/Gallipoli
  • Cemetery: Helles Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 8 to 15

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth: 23.04.1888
  • Place of Birth:
  • Address: 16 Brook St, Dundee
  • Occupation: Labourer
  • Mother:
  • Father:

    James Devine, 3 Mitchell St, Dundee

  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:

    Mary Ann Devine

  • Children:

    Mary, born 26.06.1904, Agnes, born 10.09.1907 & James, born 08.04.1912

More about Joseph Devine

Joseph has no known grave but is remembered on the Helles Memorial.

Clyde Z/651 A.B. Joseph Devine, D Company, Howe Battalion, Royal Naval Division, was killed in action on 18 May 1915.
Devine was born on 23 April 1888, and enlisted on 6 October 1914. He was a labourer who resided with his mother at 16 Brook Street, Dundee. Joseph Devine is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey.

DUNDEE MEMBER OF NAVAL BRIGADE FALLS. Joseph Devine, a member of the Howe Battalion of the 2nd Royal Naval Brigade, who has been killed at the Dardanelles. The Courier, Tuesday, 8 June 1915, 6.

Mrs Devine, 16 Brook Street, Dundee, has received official intimation that her husband, Joseph Devine, a member of the Howe Battalion of the 2nd Royal Naval Brigade, had been killed in action at the Dardanelles.  Devine, who was 25 years of age, leaves a widow and three of a family.  He enlisted in the Naval Brigade on the outbreak of war.  He was formerly employed as a shipyard worker.

Dundee Courier June 8th 1915

Joseph Devine was married to Mrs Mary Ann Devine, 16 Brook Street, Dundee and was employed as a Labourer. On 6 October 1914 he volunteered to join the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve onboard HMS Unicorn for service in the Royal Naval Division. After initial Naval Training at the Crystal Palace in South London he was sent to join the Howe Battalion stationed at Portland in Dorset on 2 November. The Battalion moved to Blandford Camp in Dorset in December 1914. At the end of February the Battalion sailed for the Dardanelles in Turkey landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula in April 1915. Joseph Devine took part in the Second Krithia Battle fought between 4th and 6th May but was killed in action on 18 May 1915 and his body was not recovered. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey.

Iain Stewart and Iain Birnie

Additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell.

Further information supplied by Iain Stewart and Iain Birnie

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