Rank or Title
Date of Birth
22 Apr 1881
Date of Death
1 Nov 1914
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
Soldier or Civilian
First-class Petty Officer Charles Dimmock, 192556, an old boy of Queen Square School, Luton, was one of the crew of HMS Good Hope missing with all hands following the Pacific naval battle of Coronel, off the Chilean coast.
He was 33 years old and was brought up by his grandparents, the late Mr and Mrs George Dimmock, of 42 Albert Road, Luton. He joined the Navy as a boy and had 16 years service to his credit. For rescue work at the Messina earthquake disaster in Italy in 1908 he received a medal, and had recently received a long service medal.
For some time prior to the outbreak of war Charles Dimmock had been stationed at Whale Island in Portsmouth Harbour. With the commissioning of HMS Good Hope he was appointed ship's corporal and the ship left Portsmouth to take part in the hunt for German cruisers engaged in destroying merchant ships in the Pacific.
Since his marriage he had lived in Portsmouth, but had two sisters living in Luton. In addition to his widow Jane, he left three children aged from 21 months to eight years.
His Luton family address on the Luton Roll of Honour is listed as 87 Cambridge Street.