HMS Goliath

HMS Goliath was a pre-dreadnought battleship of the British Royal Navy and a member of the Canopus class. Intended for service in Asia, Goliath and her sister ships were smaller and faster than the preceding Majestic-class battleships, but retained the same battery of four 12-inch (305 mm) guns. She also carried thinner armour, but incorporated new Krupp steel, which was more effective than the Harvey armour used in the Majestics. Goliath was laid down in January 1897, launched in March 1898, and commissioned into the fleet in March 1900.

The ship was deployed to the China Station from her commissioning until 1903, when she returned to Britain; she was sent back to East Asian waters, but while en route was reassigned to the Mediterranean Fleet. In early 1906, she was transferred to the Channel Fleet, followed by a stint in the Home Fleet starting in early 1907. She was sent to the Mediterranean a second time in 1908, and later returned to the Home Fleet in 1909, before being decommissioned in 1913. With the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914, Goliath was mobilised into the 8th Battle Squadron. She initially served as a guard ship in Loch Ewe, one of the harbors used by the Grand Fleet, before escorting the crossing of British troops to Belgium in late August.

Goliath then took part in operations against German East Africa, participating in the blockade of the German light cruiser SMS Königsberg in the Rufiji River. From March 1915, she was part of the Dardanelles Campaign, and remained in support of the landings at Gallipoli in April. On 13 May 1915 Goliath was sunk in Morto Bay off Cape Helles by three torpedoes from the Ottoman destroyer Muâvenet-i Millîye. Out of her crew of 750, 570 were killed in the sinking.

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Allen, Michael Joseph

Date of Birth
Service No.
3623B
Rank
Date of Death
Age
32
Circumstances of Death
Killed as a direct result of enemy action
Other Biographical Details

Son of Michael and Catherine Allen of New Ross. Widow Marianne at 8 Derby Road, Weaste, Manchester

Barron, William

Date of Birth
Address
Ballyhack, Arthurstown, Co. Wexford.
Service No.
2842A
Rank
Date of Death
Age
22
Circumstances of Death
Torpedoed in Dardanelles by German destroyer the Muvanet -I Milet.
Other Biographical Details

Son of William and Mary Barron née Neville of Ballyhack, Arthurstown. When torpedoed, the HMS Goliath blew-up and capsized immediately taking 570 of her 750 crew including the captain to a watery grave. (Enniscorthy Guardian 1915)

Dempsey, William

Date of Birth
Service No.
5752A
Rank
Date of Death
Age
20
Circumstances of Death
HMS Goliath was torpedoed in the Dardanelles
Other Biographical Details
Son of John and Mary Dempsey of Bride St, Wexford.

Kavanagh, Patrick

Date of Birth
Service No.
5729A
Rank
Date of Death
Age
23
Circumstances of Death
Ship was sunk by three torpedoes from German destroyer Muvanet-1-Milet.
Other Biographical Details
Son of Patrick and Mary Kavanagh nee Cahill of Kildermott, Ballymoney, Gorey, Co.Wexford. His father was a farmer. Gave his date of birth to the RN as the 15th April 1892.

Meyler, Michael

Date of Birth
Service No.
110470
Rank
Regiment
Date of Death
Age
54
Circumstances of Death
Sunk by three torpedoes fired from the Turkish torpedo boat Muavenet which was manned by a German crew at the time.
Other Biographical Details

Son of the late James and Anne Meyler. (Married 1881) Co. Wexford. The 1911 Census shows him with his wife Philippa at 12 Amherst Street, Pennycomequick, Plymouth. Children present were Adelaide (28), John (23), Francis (16) and Norman (12). Widow at 9 Holdsworth Street, Pennycomequick, Plymouth. Body not recovered for burial. Appears on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

Murphy, Patrick

Date of Birth
Service No.
S.S.101958
Rank
Regiment
Date of Death
Age
26
Circumstances of Death
Direct result of enemy action
Other Biographical Details
Sister: Alice Lewistown, Fethard son of John and Catherine ‘Kate’ Murphy née Hayes. His father was a blacksmith. His mother died 21.7.1890. The 1901 Census shows his father at Lewistown with children Aidan (20), John (16), Michael (14) and Patrick (13). By 1911 those present were his father and children Aiden (30), Alice (28) and Patrick (22, a naval reservist).