Other names: Harold Percival
Locations in this story: ShaftesburyPortsmouthLong Cross, Enmore GreenMotcombe, Dorset
Story: Harold Percival Hoskins was born in 1897 in Shaftesbury. He was the son of John C. Hoskins, an agricultural labourer, and Rosina Hoskins. His siblings included Thomas, born in 1892. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, a scholar and living in the family home at Long Cross, Enmore Green. He enlisted as an Able Seaman in the Royal Navy (Service No. J/27193) and was awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star medals. He died on board HMS Invincible at the Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916 and his name appears on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial (Panel 13). He is remembered on the war memorials at Motcombe and Enmore Green, Shaftesbury.