|Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve||Bristol Z/4322;||HMS Black Prince
Derbyshire Courier 10 June 1916
The Fritchley-born Rodgers brothers, Amos, George, James plus Frederick Wragg, were the sons of William and Harriet Rodgers. Frederick Wragg was born to their mother, Harriett Wragg, in 1886 before she married William Rodgers in 1889. William and Harriett were to lose three of their sons.
James was born in 1892 and worked as a miner before joining the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. He was killed at the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916, aged twenty-four, aboard HMS Black Prince along with the whole ship’s company. The ship exploded, killing thirty-seven officers, eight hundred and fifteen men and five civilians. As well as being on the Crich memorials he is remembered on the Sawmills Memorial and the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
James is on the memorial plaque to the fallen in St Mary's Church, Crich
James is inscribed on the north face of Crich war memorial
Amos, James and Frederick Rodgers are remembered on the Sawmills Memorial
RNVR Medal Roll
1914-15 Star, Victory and British War Medals ; killed in action at the Battle of Justland
10 June 1916
CRICH MEN LOST
Anthony Bowmer of Crich Carr, who has been in the Navy for about five years, and whose age was 22, is reported as having gone down in the North Sea fight on the 31st of May; also Jim Rodgers, son of Mr William Rodgers of Bull Bridge, who joined the Navy since the war broke out, went down in the "Black Prince".
10 June 1916
FRITCHLEY SEAMEN LOST ON THE BLACK PRINCE
An official notification from the Admiralty received by his father on Wednesday states that Able Seaman James Rogers, of Bull Bridge, Crich was supposed to have gone down with HMS Black Prince when she was sunk in the naval battle. Seaman Rogers was 24 years of age. In civil life he was a miner and worked at Haslam’s Colliery, Hartsay, joining the Navy on 28 September last. His younger brother George is with the forces in France, and his brother Amos is at Salonica, while his half brother Fred Wragg is in a Guards regiment somewhere in France. Seaman Rogers was the next youngest son of Mr Wm Rogers.
|Regiment/Service||Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve|
|Unit||H.M.S. "Black Prince."|
|Date of Death||31/05/16|
|Service No||Bristol Z/4322|
|Additional Information||Son of William and Harriett Rodgers, of Bull Bridge, Ambergate, Derby|
|Casualty type||Commonwealth War Dead|
|Cemetery||PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL|
|Fred||Rodgers||son||25||Labourer in quarry||Crich|