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 S. 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 MCKENZIE – STOKER / FREDERICK F. 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 HERe 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

People

Davis, Russell Bransby
Age: 29
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve
Clutterbuck, Henry
Age: 24
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Sub-Lieutenant
Organisation: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Cunningham, Thomas
Age: 27
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Sub-Lieutenant
Organisation: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Hall, Bruce
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Sub-Lieutenant
Organisation: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Barnes, Frederick William
Age: 31
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Engineman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Bennett, Stanley
Age: 23
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Bowen, Ernest George
Age: 22
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Curruthers, Edward Sydney
Age: 20
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Cerrino, George Whiley
Age: 24
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Leading Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve
Clemence, William Frederick
Age: 21
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Cragg, Francis
Age: 18
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Craig, Stanley R.
Age: 24
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Telegraphist
Organisation: Royal Navy
Dick, John Rowan
Age: 32
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Dicks, Thomas Maxwell
Age: 28
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Dryden, Alfred
Age: 32
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Duncan, Andrew Watt
Age: 42
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Engineer
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve
Featherstone, Geoffrey
Age: 21
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Telegraphist
Organisation: Royal Navy
Fisher, George Henry
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Stoker
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Ford, Herbert
Age: 34
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Kelly, Joseph
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Lee, William
Age: 30
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Leading Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve
Lukins, Ernest William
Age: 37
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Petty Office Stoker
Organisation: Royal Navy
McCrindle, Alexander Allan
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
McKenzie, Angus
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Stoker
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Maltby, Frederick Francis
Age: 31
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Leading Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve
Morton, Ernest Neil
Age: 20
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Myers, William John
Age: 34
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Stoker
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Smitten, Sydney William
Age: 20
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Stone, Percy Ernest
Age: 25
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Sweeney, John
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Travell, Charles James
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Signalman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Watson, Thomas Alexander
Age: 26
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Signalman
Organisation: Royal Navy
White, Charles William
Age: 29
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Telegraphist
Organisation: Royal Navy
Williams, Leslie Joseph
Age: 28
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Stoker
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Davis, Russell
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve
McCauley, James Lorne
Age: 19
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve

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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