Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.
Harry Langford was born at Ackleton. He was the son of Thomas Langford, coachman, and his wife Eliza.
Harry joined the Navy. By 1901 he was a Leading Signalman, serving on H.M.S. Niobe. At the time of the census Niobe was at Gibraltar. Harry's name is listed amongst crew members of Niobe who received medals for service during the Boer War. Records show that Harry later served on H.M.S. Cossack before transferring to H.M.S. Monmouth.
Monmouth was an armoured cruiser built in 1903. In August 1914 she was sent to the South Atlantic as part of Rear Admiral Cradock's squadron - which had been sent to search for German warships. On 1 November, 1914, Cradock engaged the German East Asia Squadron off the coast of Chile. During the fighting (the Battle of Coronel) H.M.S. Monmouth was lost with all hands.
Yeoman of Signals Harry Langford, 190510 (Dev), is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial. He had married Ivy Blanche Crocker in 1913.
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