Albert Cowley

Service :                          Royal Navy

Rank:                              Able Seaman

Service No :                     SS/4209

Ship :                              H.M.S. Amphion.


Albert was born in St George on 20th November 1894 .  He was the second son of William & Sarah Cowley.  A schoolboy in 1901 he was living with his family at 51 Derby Street.  At the time of the 1911 census we find him living with his widower father at 22 Hedwick Street his occupation recorded as a Printer’s Errand Boy.

Albert enlisted into the Royal Navy and after basic training he joins the crew of HMS Amphion a newly commissioned Active-class scout cruiser.

Amphion was to become the first ship of the Royal Navy to be sunk in the First World War.  At 6:30 on the morning of 6th August 1914 she hit a mine off the Thames Estuary, drifted hit another mine and rapidly sank at about  7:15 am. About 150 British sailors were killed in the sinking among them was Able Seaman Albert Cowley. His address is recorded as 58 Sherbourne Street at the time of his death.

He is remembered with Honour on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

Image by CWGC.

The wreck site is designated under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986.

Albert was entitled to The 1914-15 Star, The British War Medal & The Victory Medal.



Commonwealth War Graves Commission

1901 & 1911 UK household census