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Charles Lewis Brown Rhodes, Age 36

First Mate, Merchant Navy.

Merchant Navy Lapel Badge
Merchant Navy Lapel Badge.

I have been unable to find out a great deal about Charles other than he was the son of the Reverend and Mrs C W Rhodes of Wesley House, Dawley and had at some point lived at Tredegar in Cornwall which probably explains his service with the Merchant Navy.

Charles had just returned from a voyage to West Africa aboard SS Penhallow when he died from Nephritis on January 28th 1918 at Liverpool. Charles ship SS Penhallow was a 4,318t0n steamer that had been built in West Hartlepool in 1913 and was operated out of Falmouth by R. B. Chellew.

The ship sailed on for another 5 months after Charles death until the night of June 12th 1918 when she was torpedoed off Cape Caxine, Algeria by U-Boat 48 whilst carrying a shipment of grain, 1 crewman died.

I have been unable to trace where Charles is commemorated.

Extra info:
in the 1911 census Charles was living at Wesley Villa, Bourne, Lincolnshire, with his father, Charles William Rhodes a Wesleyan Minister his mother Elizabeth (maiden name Brown) and sister Ethel Annie, by 1917 his father was living at 37, Chapel Street, Dawley, (Wesley House), Charles Lewis Brown Rhodes was buried on the 31st Jan 1918 by Percy Stott, Vicar, at St Peter, Halliwell, Lancashire, his father who died in 1930 and mother who dead 1939 are also buried with him.

Head Stone

Head stone at St Peter, Halliwell, Lancashire.

First Mate Certificate

Certificate of Competency as First Mate.

Parish of St Peter’s, Halliwell.
Burial info