Great War Battle of Jutland Gunner’s group awarded to Gunner later Lieutenant Commander J.W. Bordiss, Royal Navy, who originally joined in 1899, and having been granted a Warrant Officer’s commission in August 1914, was aboard the battleship Erin from the point of her seizure by the Admiralty from the Ottoman Navy whilst she was still under completion in Great Britain in August 1914. After a number of sweeps of the North Sea, he was present aboard Erin as part of the 4th Battle Squadron at the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916, and went on to service through to 1933, before rejoining in 1935 and seeing service though to November 1944, latterly as a Lieutenant Commander on Staff duties.
1914-15 Star; (GNR. J.W. BORDISS. R.N.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (GNR J.W. BORDISS. R.N.)
Joseph William Bordiss was born on 1st July 1882 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, and having worked as a labourer, then joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class (Devonport No.204062) with Impregnable from 24th April 1899, being then advanced to Boy 1st Class whilst aboard Black Prince on 25th January 1900. Rated as an Ordinary Seaman whilst aboard Niobe on 1st May 1901, and as an Able Seaman whilst with Blenheim on 1st May 1903, he was advanced to Leading Seaman whilst with Defiance on 3rd May 1905 and promoted to Petty Officer 2nd Class whilst again with Defiance on 1st November 1906. Bordiss was then promoted to Petty Officer whilst with Blake on 1st May 1911, and on the outbreak of the Great War was serving aboard the battleship Canopus. Shortly afterwards he was commissioned as a Warrant Officer with the rank of Acting Gunner on 7th August 1914, being confirmed in that rank on 14th August 1915, with seniority from 1st August 1914. He then joined the crew of Erin, which at the time was then under completion for the Ottoman Navy, but which however was then seized by Great Britain. On 5th September 1914 Bordiss was with Erin when she joined the 4th Battle Squadron of the Grand Fleet. As such he was then aboard her when she made a sweep for the German naval forces which had bombarded Scarborough, Hartlepool and Whitby in December 1914, and during 1915 partook in further sweeps of the North Sea, and was then aboard when Erin was present at the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916. Bordiss then joined the destroyer flotilla leader Anzac on 17th September 1917, and saw service with the 14th Destroyer Flotilla through to the end of the war. Further service aboard destroyers occurred through the 1920’s and on 1st August 1924 he was promoted to the officer rank of Commissioned Gunner, being then placed on the Retired List in the rank of Lieutenant on 1st May 1933. Having then rejoined in December 1935, he served through into the Second World War, being promoted to Lieutenant Commander on 10th October 1941. He seems to have been mostly employed ashore with Defiance, and from April 1942 was employed on the Staff. Bordiss’s appointment was terminated on 17th November 1944 and re reverted to the following day to the Retired List.