When I find them I'm trying to add photos of local Rainham and Kent people that may be of interest or of use to anyone searching family tree records.
My great grandfather was Arthur Percy Light of Rock Avenue Gillingham Kent and who died in 1914 in the First World War. His wife was Marion Light nee Marion Hudson and he was son of Richard and May Light, of Walmer, Kent. There is also a mystery about his son Richard Arthur Onyx/Owyn Light and his Mysterious Disappearance in 1919
Since this was originally posted I've found that his death is commemorated on the Chatham Naval war memorial at Great Lines park Gillingham http://www.everymanremembered.org/profiles/soldier/3049489/ and that he died age 40 on 22 September 1914 and was Ship's Steward assistant on HMS Hogue. Three ships were attacked and sunk in the North sea that day, HMS Cressy, HMS Hogue and HMS Aboukir.
I'd previously researched but as of 2017 there seems to be a lot more information available online to find details of service and rolls of honour along with crew lists for different ships that were lost in the war.
His SERVICE NO. was 148076
HOGUE, cruiser – see 22 September 1914, Sinking of Cruisers Aboukir, Hogue, Cressy by U.9, North Sea. Built 1900, Pendant No. N.59, Capt Wilmot Nicholson. Ordered Cressy to look out for submarines, stopped and sent off boats to rescue Aboukir survivors, almost immediately hit portside by two torpedoes, started to sink by stern, quarterdeck awash in 5min, submarine broached to and fired on, Hogue rolled over on her side within 10min, abandon ship ordered and sank, her boats now headed for Cressy with Aboukir's survivors; 376 lives lost - 11 officers, 1 more DOW, and 361 ratings, and 1 canteen staff.
Photo taken by Geo Hillsdon (George?), Lyttelton Photo studios, 17 London Street, Lyttelton, New Zealand
More info on George Henry James Hillsdon, photographer of Lyttelton New Zealand is below. It appears he took over the photography studios on 25th May 1896 and my great grandfather, Arthur Percy Light would have attended the studio when on duty in the Royal Navy between then and his death in 1914. I'm trying to work out which year he may have visited New Zealand by checking his military records.