Henry Doyleson of the Royal Field Artillery

t13909This photograph was donated by Lorraine Dayes whose Great Uncle, Henry Doyleson, is in the centre of the three men shown.

A copy of it was addressed, but probably not posted, to ‘Charles Malcolm, No. 77 Mess, HMS Queen Mary, c/o GPO London’, by his sister Mary Malcolm.  The message on the back of the card reads as follows…..

Dear Brother

Just a line to thank you for the PostCard you sent me but at the same time I thought you would have sent me one of your photos.  They have all got one but me so I hope you will send me one.  Mother got your photos Saturday morning.  Mother,  group and also the one of yourself.  Jane Garbutt got one and not Great Aunt (Fanan ?) so do not forget to send me one.  So don’t forget to send one (She repeats herself).

From Your Sister

Give Joe and Jock my best Love Mary


Charles was one of three Stockton brothers who were all stokers on HMS Queen Mary.  They were the sons of Mary and George Malcolm, 14 Union Street, Stockton-on-Tees. All three were killed at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916 while serving in HMS Queen Mary. They were: – Charles Malcolm, stoker, 2655S, RNR aged 22; John Robert Malcolm, stoker, 1430S, RNR, aged 25; Joseph Malcolm, stoker, 2681T, aged 29. All are commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. John Robert and Joseph were married. John Robert had a son John G. born 1915. Joseph had two daughters, Mary Elizabeth born 1910 and Janet born 1913.


Henry Doyleson was a Stockton man and a friend of the Malcolm brothers.  He enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery (regt. no. 34819) in the early days of the war.  He became a driver, responsible for driving a team of horses that pulled the big Field guns into and out of battle. His battery landed in France on 8th September 1915 in time to join the brigade as they prepared for what became known as the Battle of Loos or the Third Battle of Artois. The battle commenced on the 25th September 1915.  Henry was killed in action on the  26TH September 1915. He had only been at the front for 18 days before he was killed

Henry is commemorated on the Roll of Honour on plot/panel 3 of the Loos memorial, Pas de Calais.  The memorial commemorates 20,000 men who fell in battle and have no known graves.

t13908This is another photograph of Henry Doyleson.  It was probably taken shortly after he had enlisted and was posted from Salisbury Plain where his battery of the RFA was in training before going overseas.   The message on the back of the photograph has faded over the years but what can be read follows…..

One for Ike  and —-one for yourself.  Write back to the address we are at ——————— Salisbury.  Now firing the big guns for a week and then the  —– starts ——-with.  (Illegible words have been replaced with dashes).

Lorraine, who donated the photographs, would really like to find out more about Henry Doyleson.  He was her Grandfather’s brother but her grandfather changed his name to Dayes.  It is a big family mystery. Lorraine would also love to know who the other men in the photograph are…..  can anyone help?

4 thoughts on “Henry Doyleson of the Royal Field Artillery

  1. HMS Queen Mary at the Battle of Jutland, WW1, sunk 31st May 1916.

    HMS Queen Mary was the last battle cruiser built before World War I, and the only member of her class in this battle. She was commanded by Cecil Irby Prowse. During the Battle of Jutland, she was hit twice by the German battle cruiser Derfflinger, her magazines exploded shortly afterwards, sinking the ship. Of the crew of 1,289 there were only 20 survivors. “The casualties were 57 officers and 1,209 men killed; 2 officers and 5 men wounded. One officer and one man were subsequently rescued.” The crew contained: 571 stokers, 50 Boys, 12 Musicians, 35 Gunners, 73 Petty Officers, 9 cooks, 28 leading seaman, 24 ordinary seaman, 207 able seamen, 6 wiremen, 3 Signalmen, 53 Royal Marines, and many other trades. The following two survivors stories illustrate the hardship and courage of that era: We will always remember them.

    ALBERT EDWARDS: 18 Uppingham Street, West Hartlepool. Albert served on the Queen Mary as a stoker and miraculously survived the sinking of the ship at the Battle of Jutland. At the time of the explosion, Albert was in the engine room and relatives have always maintained that he was blown out of the funnel and into the water. He was left in the water for a long time and was picked up eventually by a German U-boat and taken to Germany for the remainder of the war. When he returned home, he suffered so badly with the effects of shell shock that he never fully recovered. As a result of his experience, Albert lived with his mother until she died and then with his Aunt Cilla who continued to look after him for the rest of his life. Unfortunately, Albert never recovered from his experience on the Queen Mary and was unable to lead a normal life again.

    ALFRED SHERWOOD: The parents of Alfred Thomas Sherwood, A.B., only son of Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood, of High Street Twyford, Berks., who was reported lost on the Queen Mary on the occasion of the recent naval battle, learnt later that he is alive and well, a prisoner of war in Germany. Sherwood had a miraculous escape from death. When the magazine of his ship HMS Queen Mary, exploded he was blown a considerable distance into the sea without injury. Left Royal Navy 27/09/1928 as Leading Seaman. All our deepest respects goes to the family of the three brothers, namely Charles. John and Joseph Malcolm, from Stockton on Tees, who died on this ship.We will always remember them, and their families with great pride.

    Bob Wilson (Five Lamps)


    • The Malcolm brothers are my dads uncles and we’d would love to have any further information you have please.


      • Hello Deborah
        I’m sorry I don’t have any further information, It was lovely to see a relative of the Malcom brothers survived. I saw there was a “Malcom Street” in Stockton and wondered if it was named after the brothers? What a loss for the family it must have been. I posted the photo at least 4 years ago and never expected replies.
        My Gran lived in Stockton maybe our ancestors were friends.
        Good luck with your search.


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