See also

Robert Henry COLBOURNE (1897-1917)

Name: Robert Henry COLBOURNE1
Sex: Male
Father: Robert James COLBOURNE (1867- )
Mother: Emily Florence WARNER (1868-1930)

Individual Events and Attributes

Birth 16 May 1897 Leamington Priors, Warwickshire, England
Census 31 Mar 1901 (age 3) Leamington Priors, Warwickshire, England2
7 Clarendon Crescent, Leamington
Census 2 Apr 1911 (age 11) Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England
Tettenhall College, Wolverhampton
Robert is a boarding pupil at this school
Death 9 Jul 1917 (age 20) HMS Vanguard

Individual Note

Robert Colbourne joined the Royal Navy on 1st February 1916. He seems to have been posted immediately to the battleship HMS Vanguard. She saw all her service with the Home Fleet, initially part of the 1st Battle Squadron at Scapa Flow. She was in the Battle of Jutland,as part of the 4th Battle Squadron, taking part from beginning to end, though she did not suffer damage or casualties. Midshipman Robert Colbourne was one of 800 crew lost when HMS Vanguard blew up on 9th July 1917 at her anchorage in Scapa Flow, with the British Fleet. Although sabotage was suspected at the time, subsequent investigation indicates that it is more probable that a smouldering and undetected fire ignited cordite which led to the explosion in a magazine.


1"Nick Heard". This GEDCOM is predominantly the work of Nick Heard, but it incorporates the collaborated work of many other family historians. You are welcome to use the information herein but please acknowledge the source. Every effort has been made to ensure the data is accurate, but any use you make of it is entirely at your own risk. (c) Nick Heard 2009
2"Census 1901 Leamington, Warwickshire, England RG13/2931 Folio 144 Page 16 (Robert Colbourne)". RG13/2931 Folio 144 Page 16. Cit. Date: 31 March 1901. Assessment: Secondary evidence.