Henry George Banham – Died: 05/05/1918 – Age 19

Telegraphist on H.M.S. Rhododendron Service No. J/27546


Launched on Oct. 15, 1917 at Irvine's in West Hartlepool the Anchusa class corvette HMS Rhododendron had a short career.


Torpedoed by U70 in the North Sea on 5th May 1918, H.M.S. Rhododendron sank the following morning. 

U70 sank 53 merchant ships, damaged a further 4 and sank 1 warship, H.M.S. Rhododendron.


William Henry Banham M.C. – Died: 08/09/1918 – Age 24

Second Lieutenant with “A” Battery 119th Brigade – Royal Field Artillery.

Awarded the Military Cross. 

William is buried in La Kreule Military Cemetery Hazebrouck, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France. 


The Banham Brothers were the sons of William. H. and Alice Jane Banham, of East Villa, Harlow, Essex.

In April 1909, the Chelmsford Chronicle and the Essex Newsman both reported that, aged 11, Henry was run over by a motor vehicle in London Road, Mark Hall, Harlow.

Despite the vehicle completely running over him, he escaped serious injury.  


119th Field Artillery - France

H.M.S. Rhododendron in 1918