Well, back to Eric Steere. He was born at 37 Gloucester Place Worthing on 22 February1900, baptised at St Andrews church Worthing 29 April 1900. He was the son of James Blann Steere a carpenter and joiner and Emily Alice nee Butcher, one of 7 surviving children. His elder brother Able Seaman Archibald George born 11 August 1894 was killed aged 21 when his vessel HMS 'Lynx' was mined off the Moray Firth 9 August 1915. This made Eric determined to enlist as soon as he could. On 25 January 1916 at the age of supposedly 18 years 13 days he enlisted at Shoreham as a Private G/11973 in the Royal West Kent Regt. He was 5ft 7 ins tall chest 37 1/2 ins , hair fair, eyes grey and complexion fresh. He gave his occupation as a Student at Naval College. However after just 64 days he was discharged on 28 March 1916 under paragraph 392 the reason Soldier under 17 years of age on application. Not put off he enlisted in the Royal Navy Boy Mechanic F31041 on his 17th birthday. His occupation was recorded as TS 'Mercury' a shore based training ship on the Hamble Hampshire. From then he was stationed on stone frigates as they were termed, RN land bases: On the 19 June 1917 he was on 'President II' for one day moving to 'Daedalus' (Cranwell) 20 June - 30 Sept, Daedalus'; I Oct -31Oct 'Daedalus (Eastchurch); 1 Nov - 17 Nov 'President II' (Yarmouth) moving to 'President II' (Polegate) from 18 Nov - 31 Dec 1917. It was here he was involved in the fatal airship accident. He returned to 'Daedalus' (Polegate)?1 Jan - 31 Mar 1918 when he was discharged from the RNAS and engaged to the RAF.
If you go to the East Sussex website eastsussexww1.org.uk and look on stories or Google Airship Disaster East Sussex WW1 you will see my story of the airship crash giving some details about Eric's part in this. He was awarded the Albert Medal in gold by the King for his courage and was still only 17 years at the time of the incident.
Following the R38 accident the CWGC list him as named on the memorial at Hull and that his body not recovered from the sea. Strangely the Friends of Worthing a Broadwater cemeteries wrote in their Autumn 2910 newsletter that following the accident he was buried in Broadwater Cemetery. However I cannot find him listened in that burial register.
I hope this contains information which may be of interest."
It certainly is of interest Rosalind - thank you so much.