PETERBOROUGH WAR MEMORIAL

Burning Ship
Second World War
Royal Navy

ARNOLD, Samuel Arthur – Peterborough. Leading Stoker P/KX 90102, Royal Navy. Died, aged 25, on the 23rd May 1941 when HMS Kashmir was sunk by enemy aircraft bombs in the battle of Crete along with the destroyers Juno, Greyhound and Kelly. The son of George and Hannah Arnold of Peterborough. No known grave he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 54, Column 2.

ASHBY, Diana Margaret – Second Officer, HMS Victory IV, Women’s Royal Naval Service. Died of illness, aged 26, on the 20th April 1946. The daughter of George and Janet Swain of Peterborough. Commemorated at Cambridge Crematorium, Column 1.

BARBER, Anthony Levoir – 40 Norfolk Street, Peterborough. Able Seaman P/JX 354529, H.M.L.C.F. (L) 1, Royal Navy. Died, aged 21, on the 17th August 1944. His Majesty's Landing Craft Flak (Large) No.1. was taking part in Operation Neptune, the cross-channel operations involved in the D-Day landings, when it blew up and sank. The son of Bertram and Annie Barber and the husband of Doris Barber of Peterborough. No known grave he is commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire. Panel 81. Column 3.

BEE, Ronald Cecil – 5 The Crescent, Woodston, Peterborough. Lance Corporal PO/X 3807, Royal Marines. Died, age unknown, on the 18th August 1945 from injuries received when hit by a lorry in a road accident in England. The husband of E. Bee of Coventry. Buried in Woodston Cemetery, Peterborough. Grave 366. Section 6.

BRADLEY, Herbert Michael – 12 Tower Street, Peterborough. C/JX 157789 Boy 1st Class, Royal Navy. Died, aged 17, on the 16th October 1939 when the cruiser HMS Southampton was bombed by aircraft in the Firth of Forth when most casualties were incurred as the men were running along open deck to man the anti-aircraft guns. The son of Mrs M. Bradley, of Fletton, Peterborough. Buried in Woodston Cemetery, Peterborough, Section 6, Grave 64.

Bradley H M      Herbert Michael Bradley

BURGESS, Granville B.C.F. – Whitsed Street, Peterborough. Able Seaman P/JX 214671, HMS Arrow, Royal Navy. Died, Aged 23, on the 5th August 1943. Died of wounds following an explosion. The son of Charles and Alice Burgess and the husband of Phyllis Burgess of Peterborough. Buried in Dely Ibrahim War Cemetery, Algeria. Grave 4.K.16.

COWAN, Stanley – Leading Seaman P/JX 152626, HMS Cossack, Royal Navy. Died, aged 36, on the 8th November 1939 when the Tribal Class Destroyer, HMS Cossack, collided with another Allied ship, the SS Borthwick, resulting in the death of five of her crew. The ship returning to Scotland for repairs. The husband of H. Cowan of Peterborough. Buried in Edinburgh (Seafield) Cemetery. Sec. P. Grave 703.

DAVIES, Anthony John – 77 Huntley Grove, Peterborough. Leading Seaman P/JX 148057, HMS Voltaire, Royal Navy. Died, aged 20, on the 9th April 1941. On the 4th April HMS Voltaire, an armed merchant cruiser, was on isolated patrol in the central Atlantic when at 0615 hours she was spotted by the lookouts of the German raider Thor and the ships headed for each other. At 0645 hours they opened fire and by 0649 hours the Voltaire was ablaze. By 0715 hours only two guns remained in action and by 0800 hours she hoisted the white flag and she sunk shortly after. There were 75 dead and 197 survivors rescued by the Germans. As Davies died on the 9th it can be assumed that it was of wounds received on the 4th. The son of Thomas and Doris Davies of Old Fletton, Peterborough. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 46, Column 3.

DAVIS, Frederick John Samuel – 45 Taverners Road, Peterborough. Leading Air Mechanic FAA/FX 79879, HMS Avenger, Royal Navy. Died, aged 24, on the 15th November 1942. After taking part in the Operation Torch landings of North Africa in November 1942, HMS Avenger departed Gibraltar with Convoy MKF 1 on the 14th November, heading home to the Clyde in the UK. At 0305 on the 15th November HMS Avenger was torpedoed by U-155. HMS Avenger was hit on the port side amidships, which in turn ignited her bomb room, blowing out the centre section of the ship. Her bow and stern sections rose in the air and she sank within two minutes leaving only twelve survivors. The son of John and Annie Davis and the husband of Gladys Davis of St. Julian's, Malta. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Lee-On-Solent Memorial, Hampshire. Bay 3, Panel 4.

DILLON, George – 34 Star Road, Peterborough. Telegraphist P/SSX23633, Royal Navy. Died, aged 20, on the 8th April 1940 when the Destroyer HMS Glowworm deliberately rammed the German Cruiser Admiral Hipper. The son of Jack and Rose Dillon, of Peterborough. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Column 40, Panel 3.

DOUCY, Charles Arthur – Able Seaman P/JX 167380, HM Submarine Snapper (N39), Royal Navy. Died, aged 21, on the 12th February 1941. The Snapper was lost in home waters after returning from duties in the Mediterranean. The son of Joseph and Lily Doucy of Old Fletton, Peterborough. No known grave he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Column 3, Panel 47.

ELMER, Christopher Frank – 29 Taverners Road, Peterborough. Petty Officer (Airman) FAA/FX, 607659, HMS Shrike, Royal Navy. Died, aged 20, on the 21st July 1944 in a plane crash serving with the Fleet Air Arm. The son of Frank and Susannah Elmer of Peterborough. No known grave he is commemorated on the Lee-On-Solent Memorial, Panel 2, Bay 5.

Elmer C F      Christopher Frank Elmer

FULLER, Frederick Charles – Able Seaman P/JX 330664, HMS Holcombe, Royal Navy. Died, aged 20, on the 12th December 1943. HMS Holcombe, an escort Destroyer, was hit by a Gnat torpedo from the German submarine U-593 and sank north-east of Bougie, Algeria. 83 members of her crew went down with the ship. The survivors were picked up by a US destroyer. The son of Frederick and Edith Fuller of Peterborough. No known grave he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Panel 74, Column 2.

GIBBS, Robert Alfred – 13 Swan’s Place, Peterborough. Petty Officer C/JX 162567, Royal Navy. Died, aged 41, on the 29th May 1940 when the Destroyer HMS Wakeful was sunk by a torpedo fired from a German E-boat while participating in the evacuation of the BEF from the Dunkirk beaches. The son of Robert and Susan Gibbs and the husband of Clara Louisa Gibbs of Thorney, near Peterborough.  He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Column 34,2.

GREIG, William Allan – 14 Craig Street, Peterborough. Telegraphist P/JX 263916, H.M. Motor Gun Boat 78, Royal Navy. Died, age unknown, on the 31st January 1945. Motor Gunboat 78 was attacked on 2/3 October 1942 off Holland which resulted in the crew abandoning her. Death is believed to have been as a result of a 250 mile forced march as a German prisoner of war. No known next of kin. No known grave he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 92.

HALL, Charles Wilkinson – Lincoln Road, Peterborough. Ordinary Telegraphist C/JX 233636, Royal Navy. Died, aged 29, on the 2nd October 1942, when the cruiser HMS Curacoa was lost after a collision with the SS Queen Mary while on escort duties off the coast of Donegal in the North Western Approaches. The son of John and Louisa Hall and the husband of Irene Mary Hall of Peterborough. No known grave he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Reference 59.3.

HART, John Rodney – The Vineyard, Minster Precincts, Peterborough. Lieutenant Commander (E), HMS Southdown, Royal Navy. Died, aged 31, on the 26th August 1944 of cardiac failure on board ship. The son of Charles and Muriel Hart (nee Pitt) and the husband of Ursula Hart of Peterborough. Buried in Shotley Royal Naval Cemetery, Suffolk. Grave 2.B.2.

HILLS, Bertram Sidney – 15 Allen Road, Peterborough. Leading Supply Assistant P/MX 61120, HMS Polyanthus, Royal Navy. Died, aged 22, on the 20th September 1943. At 00.22 hours on the 20th September 1943 the German U-952 fired a Gnat torpedo at an escort of the convoy ON-202 and heard, after three minutes, a detonation followed by sinking noises. HMS Polyanthus, a Flower Class Corvette, was hit and sank immediately. The son of Walter and Annie Hills of Peterborough. No known grave he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 79, Column 1.

Hills B S      Bertram Sidney Hills

HILLSON, George William – Wootton Avenue, Peterborough. Engine Room Artificer 5th Class, C/MX 76798, H.M.S. Vimiera, Royal Navy. Died, age not known, on the 9th January 1942. The destroyer HMS Vimiera was sunk by a mine in the Thames estuary off East Spile Buoy. No known grave, he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Reference 60, 2.

HODGKINSON, Edward – Peterborough. Engine Room Artificer 4th Class C/MX 62562, HMS Partridge, Royal Navy. Died, aged 23, on the 18th December 1942 when HMS Partridge, on an anti – submarine sweep with Force ‘H’ was hit by one torpedo from U-565 and sank west of Oran, Algeria. Three officers and thirty - five ratings were lost. The son of Leonard and Mary Hodgkinson of Peterborough. No known grave he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Panel 60, Column 2.

HORSTEAD, Alan – 131 Cromwell Road, Peterborough. Sub – Lieutenant (A), Fleet Air Arm, HMS Daedalus, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 21, on the 25th June 1944 while on air operations with 886 Squadron. The son of Herbert and Marie Horstead and the husband of Peggy Horstead of Peterborough. Buried in Eastfield Cemetery, Peterborough. Grave 7451. Div. 1. Block 17.

KENDALL, Victor – Ordinary Seaman P/JX 522060, HMS Penelope, Royal Navy. Died, aged 18, on the 18th February 1944 when the unescorted HMS Penelope was hit in the engine room by one torpedo from U-410 when 35 miles west of Naples, Italy. The light cruiser sank immediately when the commander, 24 officers, 368 ratings and 24 Marines were lost. The son of Mr and Mrs F. W. Kendall of Peterborough. No known grave he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Panel 84, Column 1.

LAUD, William Lawrence Henry – 612 Gladstone Street, Peterborough. Able Seaman P/SSX31151, Royal Navy. Died, age not known, on the 17th December 1940 when the destroyer HMS Acheron was sunk by a mine off the Isle of Wight. The son of William and Ethel Laud of Peterborough. No known grave. Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Column 1, Panel 39.

LAYTON, Sidney George – 22 Hampden Road, Peterborough. Marine PO/X 3392, HMS Hood, Royal Marines. Died, aged 19, on the 24th May 1941 when the Battle Cruiser HMS Hood was sunk by the German Battleship the Bismarck. The son of Gladys Mary Layton of Peterborough.  No known grave he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 59, Column 1.

LEVERETT, Ian Donald – 83 New England, Peterborough. Lieutenant (E), HMS Charybdis, Royal Navy. Died, aged 24, on the 23rd October 1943 when the Charybdis was hit in the English Channel by 2 torpedoes from the German torpedo boats T-23 and T-27. 464 died and 107 survived. The son of Donald and Lily Leverett. No known grave he is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 78, Column 1.

MARTIN, Cyril Ernest – 3 St Martins Road, Fletton, Peterborough. Lieutenant, HMS Byrsa, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 40, on the 9th July 1945 in an accident in Naples, Italy. Since February 1945 he was in Naples on the staff of the Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean. No known next of kin. Buried in Naples War Cemetery. Grave IV.J.17.

Martin C E      Cyril Ernest Martin

MUCKLIN, Ronald Eric – Stoker 1st Class C/KX 110191, HMS Karanja, Royal Navy. Died, aged 20, on the 12th November 1942. HMS Karanja, Landing Ship Infantry, was bombed and sunk by German aircraft off Bougie, Algeria. The son of John and Sarah Mucklin of Peterborough. No known grave he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Panel 62, 2.

PEARCE, Gordon – Leading Air Fitter FAA/FX 81582, Royal Navy. Died, aged 25, on the 19th November 1945. The son of Mr and Mrs Sydney Pearce of Peterborough. Buried in Eastfield Cemetery, Peterborough. Div. 4. Block 16. Cons. Grave 6318.

PEET, George William – 66 Padholme Road, Peterborough. Ordinary Seaman C/JX 317771, HMS Welshman, Royal Navy. Died, age unknown, on the 1st February 1943. At 17.45 hours on 1st February 1943, U-617 fired a spread of four torpedoes at HMS Welshman and observed two hits and a boiler explosion. At 17.55 hours the ship capsized and sank by the stern after two hours. HMS Welshman M-84, sank 35 miles off Tobruk, Libya. Nine officers and 139 ratings were lost, also an unknown number of military passengers. Only a few survivors were rescued. The son of Sidney Baden and Millicent Peet of Peterborough. No known grave he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, reference 70, 2.

PRIDMORE, Alan Harry – 40 Tower Street, Peterborough. Wireman C/MX 62075, Royal Navy. Died, aged 21, on the 3rd September 1940 serving on HMS Royal Sovereign. The son of Arthur and Floris Nellie Pridmore of Peterborough. No known grave and commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Column 39.1

SAMPSON, Leonard – Orton Waterville, Peterborough. Leading Telegraphist C/JX 145023, HMS Kelly, Royal Navy. Died, aged 22, on the 23rd May 1941 when the destroyer HMS Kelly was sunk by aircraft bombs during the battle for Crete along with the destroyers Kashmir, Greyhound and Juno. The son of Ethel Sampson of Orton Waterville, Peterborough. No known grave he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, reference 46, 1.

SHARP, William Arthur – 69 Park Road, Peterborough. Paymaster Commander, Royal Navy. Died, age unknown, on the 10th May 1940 while serving on HMS Penelope. Next of Kin is not known. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Column 1, Panel 37.

STANFORD, Raymond Dennis – 1 North Station Road, Peterborough. Marine PLY/X 3805, Royal Marines. Died, aged 21, on the 16th February 1942. He was a crew member of the Battleship HMS Prince of Wales that was sunk, along with HMS Repulse, by Japanese dive bombers on the 10th December 1941 with the loss of 327 crew members. Having been rescued he was killed in the area of HMS Sultan, the naval base at Singapore. The son of Ernest and Maud Ethel Stanford of Peterborough. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial. Panel 103, Column 2.

STEADMAN, Harold Francis – 211 New England, Peterborough. Able Seaman P/JX 210207, Royal Navy. Died, aged 24, on the 24th February 1941 when he was a crew member on the SS Linaria that was one of 41 ships in Convoy OB288 that was lost in the North Atlantic. The Linaria was sunk as a result of an attack by U-boat 96. All 31 crew members died. The son of John and Hannah Steadman of New England, Peterborough. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 49, Column 3.

STOCKMAN, Douglas Ronald – 18 Williamson Avenue, Peterborough. Leading Airman P/FX 80745, HMS Grebe, Royal Navy. Died, aged 19, on the 19th March 1941 on air operations, as a Telegraphist Air Gunner, in Crete, serving with the Fleet Air Arm. The son of Tom and Violet Lena Stockman. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Lee-On-Solent Memorial, Bay 2, Panel 2.

SUTTON, Frederick – Petty Officer Stoker C/K8305, HMS Monck, Royal Navy. Died of illness, aged 54, on the 1st December 1944. The husband of Francis Sutton of Peterborough. Buried in Eastfield Cemetery, Peterborough. Div. 1. Block 16. Grave 6069.

TOOGOOD, Leslie Bertram – 62 Orton Avenue, Peterborough. Marine PO/X 4878, HMS Hood, Royal Marines. Died, aged 21, on the 24th May 1941 when the Battle Cruiser HMS Hood was sunk by the German Battleship the Bismarck. The son of Bertie and Alice Maud Toogood of Woodston, Peterborough. No known grave he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 59, Column 2.

Toogood L B      Leslie Bertram Toogood

WARDLE, Arthur Percival – 32 Huntley Road, Woodston, Peterborough. Able Seaman C/JX 376742, HMS Vengeance, Royal Navy. Died, aged 21, on the 29th January 1945. His twin Ezra also died. The twins both died of alcoholic poisoning after celebrating their 21st birthday drinking what was called ‘navy neaters’ on board ship in Greenock, Scotland. ‘Navy Neaters’ to the best of my knowledge is undiluted Pussers Rum. The son of Harry and Lillian Wardle of Woodston, Peterborough. Buried in Woodston Cemetery, Peterborough. Joint Grave 59, Section 7.

WARDLE, Ezra Frank – 32 Huntley Road, Woodston, Peterborough. Able Seaman C/JX 355408, HMS Vengeance, Royal Navy. Died, aged 21, on the 29th January 1945. His twin Arthur also died. The twins both died of alcoholic poisoning after celebrating their 21st birthday drinking what was called ‘navy neaters’ on board ship in Greenock, Scotland. The son of Harry and Lillian Wardle of Woodston, Peterborough. Buried in Woodston Cemetery, Peterborough. Joint Grave 59, Section 7.

Wardle E F      Ezra Frank Wardle

WATSON, Claude Bernard Bunnage – Sick Berth Attendant, P/MX 82575, HMS Lanka, Royal Navy. Died of illness, aged 33, on the 8th April 1942. The son of Arthur and Elizabeth Watson of Peterborough and the husband of Nellie Watson of Peterborough. Buried in Colombo General Cemetery, Sri Lanka. Plot 6B. Row P. Grave 6.

WOODS, Leslie Harry – 23 Huntley Grove, Peterborough. Leading Stoker P/KX 158595, H.M.L.S.T. 413, Royal Navy. Died, age unknown, on the 20th October 1944. Believed drowned. No known next of kin. Buried in Broadway Cemetery, Peterborough. Grave 314.

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