R.N. Herbert Stanley Pestell

Rank or Title

Date of Birth

20 Jan 1890

Date of Death

9 Jul 1917

War time / or Pre War occupation

Engineering apprentice


Vauxhall & West Hydraulic Co


Service Number


Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

9 Harper Street
United Kingdom

Place of Death

Scapa Flow
United Kingdom

Grave Location

Lost at sea
United Kingdom

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


The Luton News , 19th July 1917
Engine Room Artificer Herbert Stanley Pestell

Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class Herbert Stanley Pestell, RN (M7142), was one of three Luton men lost when HMS Vanguard sank following an internal explosion while at anchor at Scapa Flow on July 9th, 1917. His body was never recovered for burial.

The 26-year-old was the second of three sons of dairyman Frederick William Pestell and his wife Annie, of 17 Burr Street, Luton. He had served an apprenticeship at the Vauxhall and West Hydraulic Co and had been entrusted with the erection of important machinery in various parts of the country.

He joined the Royal Navy in 1914, shortly before the outbreak of war, and a year later was transferred to the Vanguard, on which he went through the Battle of Jutland in 1916 unscathed. He was being recommended for promotion.

He had married dressmaker Elsie Sawyer, of 9 Harper Street, Driffield, Yorkshire, at Driffield Wesleyan Church on April 7th, 1916. Elsie, a daughter of Robert and Caroline Sawyer, remarried in 1918.

Herbert Pestell had been a member of St Paul's Sunday school and church choir, Luton.

Engine Room Artificer Herbert Stanley Pestell

Author: Deejaya

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