15 Apr 2003 Husband: William Rudolf CENTER Died: 28 Apr 1916 in Dardanelles 1
Buried: in Plot 43 Malta Naval Cemetery 2,3 Father:
Mother: Wife: Zoe CENTER died at age: 86
Born: 9 Apr 1878 daughter of Staffordshire vicar
Died: 16 Apr 1964 in Ealing 4 Buried: Apr 1964 in Stone Staffs 5 Father:
(1) DK, 'William Center, a surgeon, had served on board the battleship Russell in the heavily mined Dardanelles.....Before dawn on 27 April 1916, HMS Russell struck two mines, caught fire and sank. Center died from burns and gas poisoning from flaming cordite.', 31.
(2) Commonwealth War Graves Commission, (www.cwgc.org),
In Memory of W R CENTER Fleet Surgeon H.M.S. Russell., Royal Navy who died on Friday, 28th April 1916. Commemorative Information Cemetery: MALTA (CAPUCCINI) NAVAL CEMETERY, Malta Grave Reference/Panel Number: Prot. 43. Location: The Cemetery is about 2 kilometres south-east of Rinella, a bay and hamlet opposite Valletta across the mouth of the Grand Harbour and on the southern outskirts of the village of Kalkara. Just before entering Kalkara on the main bus route, the Cemetery is signposted along the road "Triq Santa Liberta" to the street of Triq Santu Rokku" where the Cemetery is located. Historical Information: This cemetery, which once belonged to the Admiralty, is close to a Capuchin monastery from which it takes its name. It is two sections; Protestant and Roman Catholic. There is a triangular 1914-1918 War plot in the Protestant section in which stands a granite Cross of Sacrifice which was erected after that war. Most of the 1939-1945 War graves, too, are in the Protestant Section, in a plot near the entrance, and there is another group in the Roman Catholic section; but there are a few others in scattered positions in this burial ground. There are now 351 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-18 war, 5 of which are unidentified, and there are 694 burials of the 1939-1945 war commemorated in this site. In addition there are 137 Foreign National burials, including 2 unidentified Italians, and a further 1,444 non world war burials. (3) DK, 'The two [Charles Russ and Zoe Center] chose to honeymoon in Malta, where they went to pay their respects to the departed William Center at plot 43 in the Malta Naval Cemetery, across the Grand Harbour from Valletta', 31. (4) DK, ' in April of that year.... Zoe Russ had died a week after her eighty-sixth birthday, at a hospital in Ealing, and Patrick went to England to attend the funeral. He rode on the train with family members to Stafford, and then travelled on to the village of Stone for the service. Drifts of daffodils covered the countryside between Stafford and the churchyard where Zoe was buried. Showing no favouritism, she had left them each £50, including Patrick, the favourite son who had changed his name, Joan, who had married beneath herself, and Joan's daughter Frances, who was Zoe's goddaughter'', 197.
(5) DK, 197. Name Index