James Edward Bullent

#52814, b. 1896, d. 19 February 1917

Armed merchant Trawler Picton Castle, with crew (if you look hard). Unless he was asleep below decks, one surely must be James. Photo from Sid PATTERSON

Individual's Timeline

Birth1896James Edward Bullent
Death19 February 1917James Edward Bullent1

Primary events

  • Birth: James Edward Bullent was born in 1896 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.
  • Death: James died on 19 February 1917 in ship 'Picton Castle' (Aged 21 years, worked back from recorded birth date).1

Census details

Military Career

Records show that James Edward Bullent served in the armed forces. James Edward BULLENT was a deck hand on the trawler/mine sweeper Picton Castle, and died as a result of direct enemy action. His body was not recovered for burial

The trawler is now a charted wreck (Salcombe/Brixham). The web page http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?4547 says - Picton Castle, built by Smith Dock Co. Ltd., Middlesboro in 1911 and operated at the time of her loss by Royal Navy. She was a trawler of 245 tons.

On February 19th, 1917, Picton Castle was sunk by a mine from the German submarine UC-17 (Ralph Wenninger), 3 m southeast of Dartmouth harbour. 12 persons were lost.

In 1920 and 1923, Naval Prize Money to a total of £31 was paid to his father Henry.

Locus Operandi


  1. Find my past web sites, online http://www.findmypast.com or http://www.findmypast.com.au, Naval Casualties 1914-1919
    Name:      James Edward BULLENT
    Rating:      Deck. Hand.
    Birth date/place:      25.7.96. Yarmouth. Norfolk.
    Section scan:      7/0563
    Service branch:      R.N.R.
    Ship unit:      HM Trawler PICTON CASTLE
    Official number:      5595.D.A. (Ch.)
    Cause of death:      Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action.
    Date of death:      19/02/1917
    Location of grave:      Not recorded
    Cemetery:      Body not recovered for burial
    Relatives notified:      Mother. Eliza. Row 137, No 14, South Quay, Great Yarmouth.
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