Frank Smitten Memorial Plaque

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Reference WMO/265574


Knowle Parish Church

1717 High Street



B93 0LN


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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Painted
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Inscribed roundel with ornate gilt frame. Inscription in black and red lettering. Prince of Wales' feathers at the base of the roundel. In the Soldier's Chapel on the left wall, a wood and glass case contains a fragment of a White Ensign made by the crew of H.M.S. Black Prince, also a framed photo of the ship and a handwritten card explaining the flag and the relevance of it to the Church and H.M.S. Black Prince
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THIS FLAG / WAS MADE BY THE / SHIP'S COMPANY OF / H.M.S. BLACK PRINCE / AND GIVEN TO THE CHILDREN / OF THE SUNDAY SCHOOL. / THIS TABLET / IS PLACED BY THE CHILDREN / IN MEMORY OF THOSE / KIND BRAVE MEN WHO / WENT DOWN IN THE GREAT / SEA FIGHT OFF THE COAST OF / JUTLAND MAY 31ST 1916 / AMONG WHOM WAS / FRANK SMITTEN / A.B. Framed picture of H.M.S. Black Prince: (Photo)/ H.M.S. Black Prince/ This warship was adopted by the Sunday School and/ gifts and Christmas Cards were sent to the crew, one of whom/ was A.B. Frank Smitten a Knowle man. In return the ships company made a White Ensign and sent it to the children./ By a sad coincidence it arrived at the vicarage on 31st May/ 1916, the same day on which the ship was sunk at the Battle of Jutland, a Fragment of the flag remains in the/ church./ A memorial service was held in May, 1917 in the/ presence of Lady Jellico. The collection taken was for/ the 'Black Prince' cot at the Children's Hospital, Hackney.

Frank Smitten

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