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Horatio Bert James (also known as Horace) Belton

Name on Board HBJ Belton
Name on Service
Horatio Bert James (also known as Horace)  Belton
Enlistment Age Unknown
Occupation Unknown
Place of Birth Maidstone, England
Next of Kin Louisa Belton
Address Williamstown, Vic
Marital Status M
Enlistment Date Unknown
Service No. 1815
Enlistment Place Melbourne, Vic
Embarkation Place Unknown
Embarkation Date Unknown
Embarkation Ship Unknown
Unit on Embarkation HMAS Psyche, Royal Australian Navy
Date of Death 15/09/1915
Unit on Death HMAS Psyche, Royal Australian Navy
Rank on Death Stoker Petty Officer
Cause of Death Accidental Drowning
Place of Wounding/
Cemetery or Memorial Originally buried Rangoon (Pazundaung) Town Cemetery in 1915, relocated to the Rangoon War Cemetery in 1948.
Additional Information In July 1915, Psyche was commissioned into the RAN and was ordered to the Bay of Bengal. Based at Rangoon, she carried out routine patrols along the Burma Coast and Malay Archipelago.  A newspaper article notes that Horace Belton accidentally drowned when he slipped on a piece of wood on a bridge. His widow was Loiusa Belton (nee Garlick).  The Garlick Family were long time residents of Williamstown, Vic.
Additional References Williamstown Chronicle, Saturday 17 February 1917, p3 and Saturday 15 September, 1917; WW1 Navy Gravesecrets HMS Psyche Navy HMAS Psyche Matthew Smith Thesis: The Relationship Between Australians and the Overseas Graves of the First World War, p266
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