Memorial: M4487

                                                    Memorial at the British Cemetery, Ocracoke, North Carolina, USA commemorating HMT ‘Bedfordshire’ and her crew lost in 1942

Location

British Cemetery, Ocracoke, North Carolina, USA

Transcript

‘IN MEMORY OF THE HMT BEDFORDSHIRE AND ITS CREW / DESTROYED BY TORPEDO FROM GERMAN SUBMARINE U-558 IN MAY 1942 / HMT BEDFORDSHIRE / AN ARCTIC TRAWLER, BUILT IN 1935 BY SMITH’S DOCK CO. / OF MIDDLESBOROUGH, ENGLAND. IN 1939 SOLD TO THE / ADMIRALTY AND CONVERTED TO AN ARMED TRAWLER. IN / 1942 IT WAS ONE OF THE 24 TRAWLERS LOANED TO THE / U.S. NAVY FOR COASTAL PATROL. ARMAMENT: ONE 4” GUN, / ONE MACHINE GUN AND DEPTH CHARGES / CREWMEN OF THE ROYAL NAVAL PATROL SERVICE ON BOARD / LT R.B. DAVIS R.N.R. COMMANDING OFFICER / SUB LT. N. CLUTTERBUCK R.N.V.R. / *SUB LT. T. CUNNINGHAM R.N.V.R. / SUB LT. B. HALL R.N.V.R. / FREDERICK W. BARNES – ENGINEMAN / STANLEY BENNETT – SEAMAN / ERNEST G. BOWEN - SEAMAN / EDWARD R. CARRUTHERS – SEAMAN / GEORGE W. CERRINO – LDG SEAMAN / WILLIAM F. CLEMENCE – SEAMAN / FRANCIS CRAIG – SEAMAN / *STANLEY R. CRAIG –TELEGRAPHIST JOHN R. DICK – SEAMAN / THOMAS H. DICKS – SEAMAN / ALFRED DRYDEN – SEAMAN / ANDREW W. DUNCAN – CH. ENG. R.N.R. / GEOFFREY FEATHERSTONE - TELEGRAPHIST / GEORGE H. FISHER – STOKER / HERBERT FORD – SEAMAN / JOSEPH KELLY – SEAMAN / WILLIAM LEE – LDG. SEAMAN R.N.R. / ERNEST W. LUKINS – P.O. STOKER / ALEX. A. MCCRINDLE – SEAMAN / ANGUS MCCKENZIE – STOKER / FREDERICK T. MALTBY – LDG. SEAMAN R.N.R. / ERNEST N. MORTON – SEAMAN / WILLIAM J. MYERS – STOKER / SYDNEY W. SMITTEN –SEAMAN / PERCY E. STONE – SEAMAN / JOHN SWEENEY –SEAMAN / CHARLES T. TRAVELL - SIGNALMAN / THOMAS A. WATSON – SIGNALMAN / CHARLES W. WHITE – TELEGRAPHIST / LESLIE J. WILLIAMS – STOKER / RUSSELL DAVIS – SEAMAN R.C.N. / JAMES L. MCCAULTEY – SEAMAN R.C.N. / * BURIED HER AT OCRACOKE N.C. WITH TWO ADDITIONAL MEN UNIDENTIFIED, THE OTHERS LOST AT SEA.’

Details

Description: Engraved black limestone, with profile of the ship, RN minesweepers badge and badge of the Hyde County Heritage Trail.
Type: Memorial
Vessel: HMT Bedfordshire

Event Category

1939-1945 Second World War

Extra

Notes: With four Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstones and the four original crosses cast by the T.A. Lovering Construction Co for the U.S. Navy and replaced by the CWGC in 1983.
Photographer: Eric Ruff, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

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