HMS Pembroke

Pembroke insigniaThe very first HMS Pembroke was a 28-gun fifth rate, built in 1655 and lost in a collision with the Fairfax off Portland in 1667. The two successive Pembrokes also had unfortunate ends: the second, a 32-gun fifth rate, was built in 1690, captured by the French in 1694 and subsequently wrecked; the third, a fourth rate of 60 guns built in 1694, repeated her predecessor’s fate by being captured by the French in 1709, until she was recaptured, and then foundered in 1711.

The next vessel, a fourth rate of 54 guns, was built in Plymouth in 1710 and ended her days being broken up back in Plymouth in 1726. The fifth Pembroke of 1733, another 60-gun fourth rate, foundered in the Medway in 1745. But she was brought back to the surface to continue her Naval career until finally being wrecked off the East Indies in 1749.

A captured Spanish sloop in 1740 was to become the Pembroke Prize until sold on four years later.

In 1757 a 60-gun fourth rate become the sixth in succession, but she became a hulk in 1776 before her ultimate breaking-up off the coast of Canada in 1793.

The seventh Pembroke was a 74-gun third rate of 1812 that saw conversion to become a screw ship in 1855. She became the base ship at Chatham in 1873, and was renamed Forte in 1890. From this point a series of ships were to bear the name as the base port ship for Chatham.

In WW1 Pembroke II was the RNAS base at Eastchurch. An accounting base was
not the same as a fixed base, like Pembroke the RN Chatham barracks, because
personnel were more likely to be on detached duty and it was a flexible system of
allocations, it could mean they were in Chatham, on the river, on shore
assignments, in small vessels, the list is huge and there are indications that in
World War One the Navy ran separate card indexes with details of actual
locations, but only the RND one seems to have survived.
Click on the following location to read about the Naval barracks and training establishment

Note: It does appear that there was a severe epedemic of Spanish Flu at Pembroke 1.
242 men died of the Spanish influenza in PEMBROKE from mid 1918 through 1921. This was at a time when George was in residence there, 1.5.1918 to 17.4.1919, more than likely taking his training for Petty Officer.