Thame Remembers Able Seaman Frederick George Beames Hake
Frederick George Beames Hake was born in Dorking, Surrey on 25th August 1888 to parents Frederick Edward and Sarah Hake (nee Beames). He worked as a telegraph messenger when he enlisted on his birthday in 1906 and married Edith Elsie Stanley in Chipping Norton in 1915.
On his Royal Navy record of seamen’s service Hake is described as 5’7” tall, brown hair and grey eyes with a “fresh” complexion. His tattoos are also recorded, a dragon on his left forearm and a heart and arrow on his left wrist.
Frederick Hake served on sixteen different ships during his period of enlistment in the Royal Navy and transferred to the reserve on 4th January 1913. He joined the Police and was stationed at Thame when he was recalled to the Navy at the start of WW1 and served on HMS Black Prince. HMS Black Prince disappeared without trace on 31st May 1916 during the Battle of Jutland and is presumed sunk with the loss of all 857 hands.
230875 Able Seaman Frederick George Beames Hake, was recorded as killed in action on 31st May 1916, age 26. He has no known grave and so is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea, Hampshire.
In Thame his remembered on Thame war memorial and the St Mary’s church and All Saints church memorial boards.