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Douglas Robert Beresford



Douglas's grave in Hertfordshire (Click for a larger view) (38315 bytes)

I have details of my great uncle, Douglas Robert Beresford, a Mechanician who served aboard HMS Repulse in WW1.
His number was 308090(CH). According to family records, he was found in Portsmouth Harbour with severe head
injuries, from which he eventually died in 1921 aged 35. He is buried in a Military Grave in New Southgate Cemetery,
Hertfordshire, Grave no AF97.

He was unmarried.

Although no reason for his death is known as yet, it has been suggested that he slipped and fell into the harbour.
Our thanks go to John Oliver and Nicola Santamaria of  for supplying the picture of Douglas's grave.
Val Kempster

Official record: 7343 BERESFORD DOUGLAS R. MECHANICIAN 308090 8-Feb-1921 ACCIDENT 

Please contact Andy (webmaster) with any information.

Andy Wade (Webmaster)

Information provided by
Val Kempster & Don Kindell

Commonwealth War Graves Commission record:

In Memory of
H.M.S. Repulse, Royal Navy
who died on
Tuesday 8 February 1921 . Age 35 . 
Additional Information: Son of Samuel Charles and Ellen Beresford. Born in London. 
Cemetery: NEW SOUTHGATE CEMETERY Hertfordshire, United Kingdom 
Grave or Reference Panel Number: AF. 97.

Visiting Information: New Southgate Cemetery is in the extreme South of the County and the Urban District, near New Southgate railway station. It belongs to the Great Northern London Cemetery Company. It was opened in 1861, and covers about 80 acres. It contains the scattered graves of 109 British officers and men ; two Belgian soldiers; The Cross is erected in front of the Chapel, and behind the Cross is a screen wall bearing the names of those whose graves are not marked by headstones.