Boy 1st Class
15 Sep 1898
of Residence: 31
King Street, Taunton
31st May 1916
at sea - Battle of Jutland
Plymouth Naval Memorial
register for the Plymouth Memorial states that Edward’s parents are E and A
Pyne, not Pring. The address given
is 31, King Street, Taunton. In
1901, Annie Pring was living with her widowed father, sister and two children
– Edwin age 2 and Daisy who was one month old.
Annie married Edward Pyne in 1907 and the couple can be found in the 1911 census
at 31 King Street with children Edward, Daisy and Ellen aged 12, 10 and 6
Annie worked as a collar ironer and her husband was a plasterer.
Edward joined the Royal Navy and served on HMS Defence, one of the warships that
took part in the Battle of Jutland, the largest naval battle of the war.
Defence went to engage with a disabled German light cruiser when she was
fired upon by a battlecruiser and four dreadnoughts.
The rear magazine on the ship exploded and the fire spread to the
secondary magazines which also exploded. The
crew numbered 903 men - there were no survivors.
The wreck of the ship lies on the sea bed with the bow
and stern blown off and only the midships section intact and upright.