|H.M.S. Victoria Survivors
Frederick George Lock
Original member of the RCN
Frederick Lock was born in St Paul’s, Kent on 12 Sept 1869. He ent’d the RN as a Boy 2nd cl on 21 Jan
He served on board HMS Active, Minotaur, Northumberland, & Comus, being rated Ord on his 18th
birthday, & AB on 1 July ’89. Whilst on Comus he is rated Acting Seaman Gunner & attends HMS
Excellent to qualify as SG1 on 24 Jun ’92. His next draft is to HMS Achilles briefly,then to the ill fated
HMS Victoria on 1 Apl ’93. He was on board her on that fateful day 22 June ’93 when she
was struck by HMS Camperdown & sunk rapidly. Lock was one of the survivors. Discharged to
HMS Victory after the court martial, his kit was replaced & he was granted an allowance of £3.3.8 He
was then drafted to HMS Seraphis for 1 ½ yrs & then to HMS Marathon where he remained for the
next 3 ½ yrs, his longest sea draft to date. Whilst on her he was promoted to Leading Seaman on
11 Aug ’96.
Subsequently he served on HMS Raven & Trafalgar where he was promoted to PO2 on 10 Mar ‘99,
then HMS Urgent, where he received promotion to PO1 on 10 Oct ’99. He subsequently served on HMS
Hermes, Crescent, & the new B/S HMS Glory. HMS Glory was the last B/S to be commissioned in
Queen Victoria’s reign in Nov ’00. She was flagship on the China station & the ship on which Lock rec’d
his LS medal on Jan 9 ’03. He then sees service on HMS Gladiator, & Hampshire & attends HMS
Excellent from Aug to Nov ’07 & qualifies as a Gun Layer. He then gets drafted to the Sub Depot Ship
HMS Mercury from 24 Nov ’07 to Sep ’09. He may have seen service in the early A & B class subs. He
goes to pension on 26 Sep ’09.
in the Graving
(dry) dock at
He does not remain a pensioner for long tho, for on 6 Aug 10 he enters the newly formed RCN & is
among the crew bringing the cruiser HMS Rainbow to Canada.
HMS Rainbow was gifted to the newly formed RCN in May 1910 & was commissioned in UK as HMCS
Rainbow & sailed to Esquimalt on Canada’s Pacific (west) coast. For many years in the 19th century the
RN ran a base at Esquimalt & some of the buildings erected on the base in the 19th century are still
standing today- the then very old Graving (dry) dock was still in use in the late 1970's.
She commissioned on 4 Aug 10 & with a largely RN crew & sailed for Esquimalt on 6 Aug & arrived on 7
Nov & was the only major warship on the west coast until 1914. PO Lock would have been an
instructor for the many new RCN ratings arriving on board.
Lock did quite well in the RCN until his first conduct violation on 4 July ’13, when he was:
“Drunk on board when on duty as QM (Quartermaster) of the Morning watch.”
For this indiscretion he was deprived of his 3 Good conduct badges, which would have made a
difference in his daily pay. On 2 Jan ’14 he had one GCB restored.
He remains on the Rainbow until 4 Mar ’14 when he gets drafted to HMCS Galiano, which at that time
was a fishery patrol vessel operating on the west coast. He remains on her until drafted back to
Rainbow on 7 July ’14.
He is only back one day when he gets in trouble again, this time for:
“Breaking out of HMC Dockyard on 6th July when ordered to return on board Rainbow on discharge
from Galiano; and return on board Rainbow on 8th July, Drunk”
This time he gets hit big time - he gets disrated to AB. I guess at this point he has had it with the
RCN, for on 10 July he applies for discharge from the RCN. He had completed his original term of
enlistment & was on 3 months extension. His request was approved & he was discharged on 15 July
with gratuity. He returned to the UK & where he re-entered the RN effective 16 Sep ’14.
On his RN SR is noted:
“On discharge from the RCN this man held the rating of AB and one (Good conduct) badge, having
been disrated & deprived of badges for misconduct.
Re-entry in RN as a PO to be allowed to stand, but badge account to be adjusted and Good Conduct
medal to be forfeited.”
So his rank of PO was restored & he retained his GCB but lost his LS medal. He must have kept it tho
as I have the original medal. There is no mention on Lock;s SR about having his LS medal or GCB’s
He was subsequently drafted to HMS Celtic (an Armed Merchant cruiser) on commissioning, 23 Nov
‘14. He served on her until being drafted ashore to HMS Victory on 13 Jan ’15. He then gets drafted
to HMS Racer as an instructor at the RN College, Osborne, on the Isle of Wight. He remains there until
being discharged “Medically unfit: Organic Heart disease” on 16 Aug ’17.
He died in 1918, possibly of influenza, & his WWI medals were forwarded to his brother in 1920.
H.M.S. Rainbow Crew in 1913