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Private PO/18438 John HUBBARD
Portsmouth Div., Royal Marine Light Infantry, HMS Malaya

Died of Wounds,   Friday 2nd June 1916,   At sea on hospital ship.,   age 19

Home address:214 Manchester Road, Hyde, Cheshire
Born:1897, Hyde, Cheshire
Parents:Alice Hubbard and John Hubbard
214 Manchester Road, Hyde, Cheshire
Marital status:Single
Remembered:Rosskeen Burial Ground, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland,
grave C. 376.
Link to Hyde:Born in Hyde

The battleship HMS Malaya was badly damaged by shelling during the battle of Jutland. One of the shells caused an ammunition fire in which Private Hubbard was burned. He was transferred to a hospital ship, but died two days later.

Private J. Clarke, a sailor from Stockport on HMS Malaya, witnessed what happened. He said he was near Private Hubbard when they went into action, and said the latter was working at one of the big guns when an enemy shell burst on deck and caused a quantity of cordite to explode. Private Hubbard who was near was terribly burnt. Private Clarke helped put the injured into boats which were taken to a nearby hospital ship.