Pain, Alfred John


War Service:
Boy 1st Class ALFRED JOHN PAIN of HMS Indefatigable died on 31 May 1916, aged 17.

HMS Indefatigable fought at the Battle of Jutland as part of the 2nd Battlecruiser Squadron. In the opening stages of the battle while taking part in a long range gunnery duel with the German battlecruiser von der Tann she was struck by a salvo of 11” shells which hit one of her magazines and blew out her bottom. Sinking fast she took more hits in the forward magazine and exploded killing all but three of her crew. She was the first British casualty of the battle.

He was lost at sea and is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the and on the war memorial in the East London Industrial School for Boys, Brookbank Road, Lewisham.

He was the son of Henry and Emma Pain, of 6 Amicable Row, Camelot Street, Borough.


Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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