Local Portsmouth Jutland Sailor

A large number of Portsmouth men and boys were at the heart of the Battle of Jutland, the largest naval battle of the First World War. 
 
Cyril Talbot Clover was born on the 6th of January 1887 in Southsea to Lydia and Robert Clover. Cyril was educated at Portsmouth Grammar School before joining the Royal Navy Engineering College in Plymouth. Records show that Cyril entered service in the Royal Navy on 23rd July 1907 and became an Engineering Sub Lieutenant on 1st August 1907.
 
As an Engineering Lieutenant, Cyril was loaned from HMS Ramillies to HMS Chester from 14th May 1916 until 25th June 1916. Cyril’s son, Anthony Scott Clover a well-known Portsmouth- based solicitor who was born the year after Jutland in April 1917, always believed that he owed his life to the skill of his father in helping the engineers in HMS Chester to avoid sinking by making the ship exceed her maximum ‘acceptance trials’ speed. This meant German shells fell in her wake and missed the ship, though she had already been badly damaged by enemy fire.
 
Cyril was placed on the retired list on 6th January 1937 having achieved the rank of Engineer Captain. 
 

HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands