Petty Officer

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Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve


HMS Victory VI; HMS Tarlair



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John Henry Puttick

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Margaret Esther

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Margaret Louisa Puttick (nee Clay)

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Grace Puttick (nee McClymont)


74 Lincoln Road, East Finchley


Ronald James Puttick was born on 17 December 1898 in Hornsey. His father was John Henry Puttick, a hosier; his mother was Margaret Louisa Puttick (nee Clay). Ronald was baptised on 16 July 1899 at New Court Chapel, as was Morgan William Oates, also commemorated on the chapel plaque. Ronald had a younger sister, Margaret Esther. Their father was a trustee, seat-holder and long-standing member of New Court Chapel. The family were living at 14 Gladwell Road, Stroud Green, but later moved to Muswell Hill.

Ronald enlisted as a Sea Cadet in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR) in April 1917 when not yet 19 years of age. His occupation is given as school-master and he was judged to be of very good character and superior ability. He was posted first to HMS Victory VI, which was not a ship but the RNVR training base at Crystal Palace in south London, for six weeks and then in May to HMS Tarlair, the Admiralty’s Research and Training Base Centre for Hydrophones at Hawkcraig Point, Abderdour, on the Firth of Forth, in Fife. Hydrophones were underwater microphones for the detection of German submarines, seen as a serious threat. In January 1918 he was promoted to Petty Officer, remarkable for his age and short period of service. He was awarded a War Gratuity and the British War Medal after being demobilised to shore in January 1919.

After the war, Ronald continued to live with his parents at 74 Lincoln Road, Finchley and he moved with them to Sanderstead in Surrey in 1931. The following year he married Grace McClymont. The couple moved further out, to Coulsdon, and after two brief occupations, settled at Larg Cottage, Woodcote Grove. Ronald was a secondary school teacher and their son John was born in 1935. Ronald died on 16 May 1983, aged 84.