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Saturday 30 October 2010

Chief Engine Room Artificer of H.M.S. Goliath

It seems the last ship that Percy Augustus Pellowe served on was the ill-fated H.M.S Goliath as an  Chief engine room artificer  before heading to Bombay and then returning to HMS Vivid the Naval Barracks in Devonport and being awarded a commendation. He was hospitalised in England after his return from India in Nov 1914 and during this time the Goliath was dispatched as a part of a blockade against the S.M.S. Konigsberg in the Rufiji River in Tanzania.
Percy's Service Record states his demise on 17th Sept. 1915 as 'death unknown'.

HMS Goliath was laid down at theChatham Dockyard in January 1897 and completed in March 1900.
She served on the China Station 1900–1903
Mediterranean Fleet 1906–1907,
Home Fleet 1907–1908,
Mediterranean Fleet again 1908–1909,
Home Fleet 1909–1914.
At the outbreak of World War I she was in the Channel Fleet, then transferred to the East Indise Station and saw action in German East Africa in 1914–1915, including operations against the German light cruiser Konigberg. She transferred to the Mediterranean in 1915, where she saw action against Ottoman forces in the Dardanelles campaign and was torpedoed and sunk on 13 May 1915.

Here is a picture of some of the crew of the Goliath taken circa 1903-1914. Is Percy in this picture or would he have know those who are ?

Here is a picture of the crew of the Turkish torpedo boat 'Muavanet i Milliye', with their German naval commander Kapitanleutnant Rudolph Firle, responsible for sinking the battleship H.M.S Goliath off Morto Bay, Gallipoli, on the night of 12-13 May 1915

The Goliath under attack

Here is the Roll of Honour for all of those who perished the night the Goliath was sunk.



  1. percy augustus pellowe was my great grand father. we discovered that whilst he served on hms goliath he was diagnosed with beriberi in india, travelled home to recouperate at HMS Vivid and was subsequently invalided out of service. he never really recovered and died within the year

    1. Hi Matt,
      Thanks for leaving a comment, being able to put people in touch with their Ancestors final resting place is always the best part of writing this blog. I hope the information I have given is seen as a fitting tribute to your Great Grandfather and his memory.

  2. Thank you for posting this blog. My great grandfather, Charles Wilkie Forbes perished on the Goliath 100 years ago along with your great grandfather.

  3. Major Hasan Bey and Captain Rudolph Firle are together Captains "Muavenet-i Milliye" and they are great heroes.

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  5. And we must remember with respect all Turkish, German and British sailors.They was really brave sailors.

  6. Major Hasan Bey is right side up to photo Captain Rudolph Firle is left side up they are standing together.

  7. Çanakkale wars was last gentleman's war because not used chemical guns, only firearms and swords for honor and patriotism.

  8. And my Mother's granduncle was died in Çanakkale in 1915.I remember with respect him.


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