Alice GODFREY ( - )


Spouse: William Godfrey HOCKING, C Class Submarine 1914-18

Alice E GODFREY married William Godfrey HOCKING in 1914 in Plymouth, Devon.


William Godfrey HOCKING (known as 'Godfrey'), son of William Joseph HOCKING (1859- ) and Susan EMMA Hockings (1859- ), was born Q1 1888 in Cawsand, Cornwall. He died on 5 August 1915 in HMSubmarine C33 aged 27.


Casualty Details


Initials: G W

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Leading Seaman

Regiment/Service: Royal Navy

Unit Text: H.M. S/M. "C33."

Age: 27

Date of Death: 05/08/1915

Service No: 224194

Additional information: Son of Joseph and Emily Hocking, of Cawsand, Cornwall; husband of Alice

E. Hocking, of 6, Park Terrace, 1 ower Compton Rd., Plymouth.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: 5.


HMS C33 was a British C class submarine built by HM Dockyard, Chatham. She was laid down on 29 March 1909 and was commissioned on 13 August 1910.

HMS C33 was involved in the U-Boat trap tactic. The tactic was to use a decoy trawler to tow a submarine. Then when a U-boat is sighted, the tow line and communication line is slipped and the submarine would attack the U-boat. The tactic was partly successful but it was abandoned after the loss of 2 C class submarines. In both cases, all the crew were lost.

HMS C33 was the one of the two C class submarines sunk because of the tactic. HMS C33 was mined off Great Yarmouth while operating with the armed trawler Malta on 4 August 1915.

HMS C33 Roll Of Honour

Lt. Gerald Ernest Berkeley Carter

Sub-Lt. Colin James Buchanan

Petty Officer 1st Class Alfred Alexander

Gunner Arthur Godfrey Bishop

Signalman Ernest Granville Bennett

Leading Seaman Henry Percival Black

Leading Seaman Godfrey William Hocking

Able Seaman William C. Clarke

Able Seaman Leonard Green

Able Seaman Albert William Hill

Able Seaman Clarence John Wharton

Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class William Charles Duncan

Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class Alfred Hunt

Leading Stoker William Thomas Lashbrook

Leading Stoker William David Windebank

Stoker 1st Class Edward S. Saunders

Stoker 1st Class George Heath.