Charles Bertram Jones was only 16 years old when he joined the British Navy on January 31, 1911. As his service record shows, he was all of 5 feet, 6 ¼ inches tall, held a rating of “Boy second class”, and reported to the HMS Impregnable, which was one of several admiralty-operated centres that provided pre-sea training to boys as young as fifteen. At the time, the British Navy was considered to be the strongest in the world. Ever since the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, no other nation had been able to challenge British naval supremacy.
Life at Sea
In addition to the case study on Charles Bertram Jones and the HMS Marlborough presented here, the log of Walter Dennis who served on HMS Vengeance, 28 July 1914-30 July 1915 appears in the case study British Forces in the Middle East. McMaster also holds many other naval materials, both as separate archives and in the World War I and World War II collections. Some artwork from our World War I collection also appears here.