Other names: Harold Percival
Locations in this story: ShaftesburyPortsmouthLong Cross, Enmore GreenMotcombe, Dorset
Story: Harold Percival Hoskins was born on 24th July 1897 in Shaftesbury. He was the son of John Charles Hoskins, an agricultural labourer, and Rosina Hoskins (née Tullett). His siblings included Thomas, born in 1892, who died in the war on 8th September 1916. At the time of the 1911 Census Harold was single, a scholar and living in the family home at Long Cross, Enmore Green. He enlisted on 13th September 1913 into the Royal Navy (Service No. J/27193) and was assigned to HMS Impregnable as a Boy 2nd Class. Following training he was posted to HMS Invincible and in due time held the rank of Able Seaman. He 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. Harold and Thomas' mother, Rosina, also died in 1916.