Silk W E F Telegraphist
HMS Hecla Royal Navy
William Ernest Frederick Silk (Offce) was only 13 years old on the outbreak of war. He joined the Royal Navy in July 1917, and served successively on H.M.S. Hecla, Silvio, Inconstant, and Carysfort. He was appointed Boy Telegraphist in November 1917, Ordinary Telegraphist in November 1918, and was promoted Telegraphist in September 1919. He was still in the service at the time of writing.
Source : War Record Of Cambridge University Press 1914-1919