Ordinary Seaman Joseph Arthur Underwood (BZ/11965)

Royal Naval Depot Crystal Palace, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

Malvern Commemoration: St Matthias Malvern Link,

Burial/Commemoration: Malvern Link (St Matthias)

Nature of Death: Died London 13/10/1918

Age: 18

Next of Kin: Son of Mr W H and Mrs E Underwood of 2 May Cottage, Quest Hills Road, Malvern Link.

Education: Malvern Link C.E. School

Previous Employment: County Food Production Executive, Sansome Street, Worcester

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In October 1918, the Malvern News reported: “Joseph Arthur Underwood, RNVR, the youngest son of Mr and Mrs Henry Underwood of Quest Hills, Malvern Link has died at Davison Road War Hospital, West Croydon on Sunday. He was educated at Malvern Link Church Schools and for some time was a senior boy in St Matthias Church Choir and afterwards a server. On leaving school he entered the employ of Mr E G Russell, jeweller of Holyrood Terrace, but latterly in the offices of the County Food Production Executive in Sansome Street, Worcester. He joined the RNVR only a few months ago at the age of 18. On leaving a month ago he went to begin training at Crystal Palace. His death was due to pneumonia following Spanish ‘flu. His funeral took place on the afternoon of the 19/10/18 at St Matthias, Malvern Link.”

Malvern News 19/10/18

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