Digital photo of the Clio from the Liverpool Arms, Beaumaris, Anglesey
HMS Clio was a training ship moored in the Menai Straits, off Bangor in North Wales, a ship that could accommodate up to 260 young lads who had been convicted of petty crime. The ship was built at Sheerness Dockyard and was launched in 1858, and was used as the Australian flag ship between 1870 and 1873. From 1876, the Clio was used as a training ship. The idea was to have a kind of 'floating borstal' while at the same time, instilling discipline and training young lads in the hope that they would be inspired to enter into the Navy. However, life was harsh and there were reports of bullying, harsh punishments and poor living conditions. There is evidence that some parents and guardians of the children also had to pay for their upkeep aboard the ship. There are a number of graves for over thirty young boys between the ages of 12 and 15 who died on the ship in Llandegfan church yard on Anglesey. The ship was scrapped and broken up in 1919.
Here is a list of the boys that died on the Clio, followed by a number of photographs of the HMS Clio graves at Llandegfan church yard:
- John Butler, died 1914/15 aged 13
- Robert Edward Chittin, died 1887 aged 14
- William Crook (or Crookes), died 1906 aged 13. Of Bury, Lancashire.
- James Cunliff, died 1890 aged 15
- Thomas Cutler, died 1908 aged 13
- Frank Alfred Davey, died 1915 aged 12
- George Dawson, died 1891 aged 13
- George Joseph Dean, died 1916 aged 12
- Samuel Gill, died 1883 aged 14
- William Green , died 1917 aged 13
- Samuel Evans, died 1902 aged 15
- John Healy, died 1880, aged 13, after falling from the ship’s rigging.
- Norman Heaps, died 1918 aged 14
- Alfred Hector, died 1890 aged 15
- James Hennett (or Hemmett), died 1878 aged 12. Of Manchester. Fell to his death after climbing a mast for training.
- Samuel Holmes, died 1916 aged 13
- Arthur Ingram, died 1918 aged 13
- Richard Jones, died 1901 aged 15
- Thomas Jones, died 1883 aged 14
- George Juckey, died 1880 aged 14
- William Keith, died 1918 aged 14
- James Longworth, died 1892 aged 13
- Charles Matthew Mace, died 1893 aged 14
- Frederick Macormick, died 1905/6 aged 14
- George Matthew Mann, drowned 1893. Of Warrington. His body was discovered at Y Felinheli (then known as Port Dinorwic).
- William Marsden, died 1908 aged 14
- James Naylor, died 1902 aged 15
- Herbert Roberts, died 1902 aged 13
- John Price Roberts, died 1917 aged 14
- Walter Shaw, died 1915 aged 12
- J Thomas, died 1882
- Frederick Ward, died 1888 aged 14
- Joseph Welby, died 1914 aged 15
- John Alfred Welling, died 1908 aged 12
All photos taken with permission by Dr David Harrison unless otherwise stated.
© Dr David Harrison 2016