Father and Son, James & William Lilley, Royal Navy & Royal Naval Reserve

Ships of the Royal Navy by J. J. Colledge lists a trawler called Kingfisher with the date 1915. Before the Aircraft Carrier by R. D. Layman briefly mentions this vessel, a 322-ton trawler that along with the 302 ton Cantarice was ‘equipped to carry (Sopwith) Schnieders (Seaplanes) for anti-airship (patrols) in the North Sea.’ The Kingfisher was at sea during the Battle of Jutland, shadowing the British Battle Fleet.

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James L Lilley was a professional Ship Platter, and served as a Trimmer with the royal naval reserve. He was born on the 28th of March 1874, and married Linda Lilley.

James enrolled 21st of May 1915, and initially posted to the Victory II from the 25th of July 1915, and was later posted to the Kingfisher on the 1st of January 1916.

In the RNR trimmer is usually a member of one of the Trawler Sections. In this case that is correct, with Lilley serving on the Trawler Kingfisher.

Ships of the Royal Navy by J. J. Colledge lists a trawler called Kingfisher with the date 1915. Before the Aircraft Carrier by R. D. Layman briefly mentions this vessel, a 322-ton trawler that along with the 302 ton Cantarice was ‘equipped to carry (Sopwith) Schnieders (Seaplanes) for anti-airship (patrols) in the North Sea.’ The Kingfisher was at sea during the Battle of Jutland, shadowing the British Battle Fleet.

He was then posted to the HMS Cyclopes on the 1th of November 1916 which was a Submarine repair and depot ship based in Scapa Flow until the 3rd of February 1917 when he was posted to the HMS Lucia until he ceased service on the 14th of May 1917, when he was transferred to the Royal Navy as a CRA for Period of hostilities.

 

William Walter Lilley was born 28th October 1898 and was a Lift maintenance engineer, as was his son James Lilley, born 12th of June 1913. William died late in 1969.

William served for 12 years with the Navy, with his postings being listed below:

Attested on the 28th of October 1916 for 12 years of service.

HMS Ganges – 7th of May 1915 to 27th of September 1915, Boy 1st Class

HMS Almanzora – 28th September 1915 to the 26th of July 1916, ORD

Base Pembroke I – 27th of July 1916 to the 17th of August 1916

ILLEGIBLE – 18th of August 1916 to the 11th of June 1917, AB

Base Pembroke I – 12th of June 1917 to the 18th of September 1917

HMS Woolwich – 19th of September 1917 to the 30th of June 1918 (VIMIERA) 13th Destroyer flotilla

HMS Columbine – 1st of July 1918 to the 31st of March 1919 (VIMIERA)

HMS Sandhurst – 1st of April 1919 to the 31st of December 1919 (VIMIERA)

HMS Columbine 1st of Jan 1920 to the 6th of October 1920 (VIMIERA)

Base Pembroke I – 7th of October 1920 to the 19th of November 1920

HMS Emperor of India – 20th of November 1920 to 31st of March 1921.

ILLEGIBLE – 1st of April 1921, to the 7th of March 1923

Base Pembroke I – 8th of March 1923 to 16th of September 1924

HMS Greenwich (Viscount) 17th of September 1924 to the 31st of October 1925

HMS Egmont II 1st of November 1925 to the 31st of March 1927 (Viscount)

Base Pembroke II 1st of April 1927 to the 26th of May 1927. (Viscount)

Base Pembroke I 27th of May 1927 to the 30th of April 1928 (Passed for Rigger during this time)

HMS Cambrian 1st of May 1928 to the 4th of September 1928

Base Pembroke I 5th of September 1928 to the 27th of October 1928 (Contract of Service Expired).

This pair of medals is accompanied by scanned copies of research and service documents.