Eric was born in Liverpool on 22nd August 1890 to Edward (a Surveyor at Lloyds Bank) and Ada Evelyn. He had two brothers, Edward Leslie and Norman Creswick, and the family kept a servant, Phyllis Brading.
Before attending North Eastern County School (Now Barnard Castle School), he was educated at Hartlepool Grammar School, Glasgow High School and Newcastle Modern School. He went on to study at Armstrong College (1908-1911), gaining a BSc. in Engineering in June 1911, before working for Wallsend Shipbuilders.
Eric began his appointment on 1st October 1915 and was posted to HMS Queen Mary on 29th October 1915.
Eric was killed on 31st May 1916 aged 26 years old in the Battle of Jutland aboard HMS Queen Mary. At 4.25 p.m., HMS Queen Mary was hit by a combined salvo from two German battlecruisers, sinking her with the loss of 1266 men.
Two of the images we have for Eric were kindly provided by Eric’s great nephew Bruce Robb, showing Eric on a boating holiday in the Norfolk Broads in 1914 with his brother and a group of friends, some of whom were also students at Armstrong College. Bruce has kindly provided us with the link to his transcript of a ‘ship’s log’ of the holiday written by Eric’s brother Edward. http://www.broadlandmemories.co.uk/documents/holidays/NorfolkBroadsHolid...