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Old 06-02-2018, 21:40
upthewoods upthewoods is offline
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Default HMS Kempenfelt -1915 to 1917

Hi to all!
As part of my ongoing research into my paternal family tree, some years ago I obtained my grandfather's Royal Navy service records, including a complete list of all the ships he was a crew member of.
I have a photograph of him as a boy sailor wearing an HMS Kempenfelt cap, but this ship is not mentioned in the aforementioned list.
My mother, who is now 88, tells me that he was involved in the Battle Of Jutland, and, in fact, received some kind of special medal for his actions in rescuing some of the survivors. I cannot trace any mention of this award anywhere and the medal itself mysteriously disappeared while my father was still alive.
Can anyone help with suggesting how I can find out more about his service on Kempenfelt or with Jutland records and whether he was mentioned in dispatches at all?
All the crew images of Kempenfelt I can find seem to show the later ship from the look of the men!
My grandfather's full name was Albert Reginald Miller, born in 1898.
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Old 06-02-2018, 22:48
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Default Re: HMS Kempenfelt -1915 to 1917

Hello upthewoods and a very warm welcome to the Forums. It will help if you would attach a copy of his service record here and we will endeavour to get some answers for you.
Also, see the posts in the thread that you started here.

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Old 14-02-2018, 11:25
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Default Re: HMS Kempenfelt -1915 to 1917

If I have the right man, your grandfather was Albert Reginald Miller, ON J34409, born 14 December 1898 in Birmingham.
1. He did serve at Jutland on the Bellerophon Class battleship Temeraire. He served during the battle as a Boy Telegraphist and was promoted to Ordinary Telegraphist on 14 June 1916.
2. He also served on Kempenfelt from 9 August 1916 to 31 August 1917. He joined the ship as Ordinary Telegraphist and was promoted to Telegraphist on 14 December 1916. The service on Kempenfelt is “disguised” in the entry Blake (Kempenfelt). This means that his pay etc was dealt with by HMS Blake [a destroyer depot ship] while he was actually serving on Kempenfelt which was too small a ship to have her own paymaster.

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