Ennis, Robert (No. K/16955)

Ennis, Robert (Bob)

Stoker First Class

No. K/16955, HMS Nottingham, Royal Navy

Killed in action on Saturday 19 August 1916 (aged 23)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon, England (Panel 15)

Glastry Presbyterian Church

Family grave headstone in Kircubbin Presbyterian Church Graveyard


Robert McCann was born on 28 June 1893 in Newtownards Workhouse and he was a son of Mary McCann.  After his mother married David Ennis in 1898, Robert used the surname Ennis.

Mary McCann and David Ennis were married on 19 April 1898 in Newtownards Registrar’s Office.  David Ennis, a full-age bachelor from Ballylimp, Innishargy, was a son of George Ennis, a farmer.  Mary McCann, a full-age spinster from Ballymullan, Innishargy, was a daughter of William McCann, a labourer.

The Ennis family lived at Butterlump, Ballyhalbert.

David Ennis was a steam thresher engine driver and he and Mary Ennis (nee McCann) had at least two children:

Adam (born 31 August 1899 in Ballyeasborough)

David George (born 12 April 1914 in Ballyeasborough)

Adam and David George Ennis were baptised in Glastry Presbyterian Church.

Prior to the outbreak of the Great War Robert Ennis worked as a farm servant.

During the war, Stoker First Class Robert Ennis served aboard the light cruiser HMS Nottingham.  Launched in 1913 this ship was involved in the Battles of Heligoland Bight, Dogger Bank and Jutland.  On 19 August 1916 she was engaged in a sweep of the North Sea in thick mist to the south-east of the Firth of Forth.  At 6.00 am she was hit by two torpedoes fired by U-Boat U-52 and then by a third some thirty minutes later.  At 7.10 am HMS Nottingham sank and Stoker First Class Robert Ennis was among those crewmembers who died.

His body was never recovered and he is commemorated in Glastry Presbyterian Church and on the family grave headstone in Kircubbin Presbyterian Church Graveyard.