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HMS Good Hope HMS Good Hope
First Name: Reuben Ernest Last Name: HAWKES
Date of Death: 01/11/1914 Lived/Born In: New Cross
Rank: Able Seaman Unit: HMS Good Hope
Memorial Site: 1. New Cross, St James Hatcham 2. Baker Street Station 2. Chatham Naval Memorial

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57, Woodpecker Road, New Cross


HMS Good Hope was a Drake Class armoured cruiser and in August 1914 she became the flag ship of the 4th Cruiser Squadron which sailed to the South American coast to search out the German East Asia Squadron and prevent them from entering the southern Atlantic. On 1st November 1914 the two opposing squadrons came face to face off the coast of Chile in the Battle of Coronel. The German squadron was bigger and its ships were more powerful and in the ensuing battle HMS Good Hope was lost with all hands, including 90 men from London, one of whom was Reuben Hawkes.

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