Not long after this was taken almost all these men had fallen victim to a U-boat
ARMSTRONG, George W, Able Seaman, P/JX 138436, MPK
ASHFIELD, Frederick B, Stoker Petty Officer, P/K 61491, MPK
BARRY, David J, Able Seaman, P/J 102271, MPK
BEAMIN, Donald P, Able Seaman, P/JX 140466, MPK
BELLIS, Albert E, Able Seaman, P/JX 132147, MPK
BENDON, Arthur H, Chief Petty Officer, P/J 98957, MPK
BERRY, Reginald J, Able Seaman, P/J 90141, MPK
BEVAN, Anthony G, Act/Leading Seaman, P/SSX 15985, MPK
BLAIR, Duncan, Stoker 1c, P/KX 84505, MPK
BOGGELN, Frederick A, Act/Leading Seaman, P/JX 163006, MPK
BROWN, Leslie W, Act/Engine Room Artificer 4c, P/MX 627277, MPK
BYNG, Percy N, Act/Leading Seaman, P/JX 126742, MPK
CAMERON, James H, Able Seaman, P/JX 152171, MPK
CAMERON, John C, Ordinary Seaman, RNSR, P/JX 169288, MPK
CAMPBELL, Peter H W, Able Seaman, P/SSX 23427, MPK
CARD, Frederick G, Stoker Petty Officer, P/K 56007, MPK
CARROLL, Kenneth, Ordinary Seaman, RNSR, P/JX 168738, MPK
CHAMPION, Alphonso T G, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 150871, MPK
CHARLES, Geoffrey H, Ordinary Seaman, RNSR, P/JX 165586, MPK
CLARK, Albert J, Able Seaman, C/JX 137478, MPK
CLEAVER, John S, Ordinary Seaman, RNSR, P/JX 168739, MPK
CLIFFORD, Henry N, Able Seaman, P/JX 133405, MPK
COLE, John C, Stoker Petty Officer, P/K 75392, MPK
COLEMAN, John L, Py/Ty/Midshipman, RNVR, MPK
COOKE, Arthur, Steward, P/LX 21363, MPK
COOPER, Sydney A, Commander, MPK
COPPERTHWAITE, Ernest A, Able Seaman, P/J 102455, MPK
COULING, William, Electrical Artificer, P/M 38502, MPK
COX, Reginald H, Chief Petty Officer, P/J 104501, MPK
COXON, John, Stoker Petty Officer, P/K 64357, MPK
DEAN, Leonard J, Stoker 1c, P/KX 83839, MPK
DRIVER, John A, Stoker 1c, P/KX 92907, MPK
DRURY, Francis W, Engine Room Artificer 3c, P/MX 50242, MPK
DUNBAR, John P, Act/Leading Seaman, P/SSX 14350, MPK
EASTMAN, Thomas R, Stoker Petty Officer, P/K 63997, MPK
EASTON, William H, Gunner (T), MPK
ELKINS, Herbert J, Leading Stoker, P/KX 79946, MPK
ENGLISH, William, Cook, C/MX 52431, MPK
EUERBY, Oliver J, Able Seaman, P/JX 143867, MPK
EVANS, Albert J L, Leading Stoker, P/KX 81853, MPK
EVANS, Samuel J, Signalman, D/J 110773, MPK
FEAR, Charles E G, Able Seaman, P/J 109763, MPK
FINLAY, Daniel E, Able Seaman, P/J 99757, MPK
FITTON, Robert, Ordinary Seaman, RNSR, P/JX 168745, MPK
FOOD, Edwin W, Able Seaman, P/JX 128934, MPK
FOX, John T, Ordinary Seaman, RNSR, P/JX 168746, MPK
FOXON, Albert S, Canteen Manager, NAAFI, MPK
GAFFNEY, Albert, Stoker 2c, C/KX 96504, MPK
GALE, George E F, Able Seaman, P/SSX 14403, MPK
GARDNER, Joseph W, Chief Engine Room Artificer 2c, P/M 36103, MPK
GARFORD, Ronald C, Ordinary Seaman, RNSR, P/JX 167889, MPK
GISSING, John, Petty Officer Cook, P/MX 55734, MPK
GORDON, Peter C, Lieutenant, RNVR, MPK
HAGGERSTON, Victor H, Act/Engine Room Artificer 4c, P/SR 8623, MPK
HARPER, George W, Ordinary Seaman, RNSR, P/JX 168748, MPK
HARRIS, Albert, Able Seaman, P/SSX 14436, MPK
HARRIS, Clifford E, Stoker 1c, RFR, P/KX 75034 P/B 19692, MPK
HARROCKS, Samuel, Able Seaman, P/JX 137840, MPK
HATFIELD, Albert E, Able Seaman, P/J 98674, MPK
HAWKINS, George J, Leading Steward, P/L 13265, MPK
HEALEY, Arthur, Ordinary Seaman, RNSR, P/JX 168750, MPK
HICKMOTT, Arthur A, Leading Supply Assistant, P/MX 54117, MPK
HILL, Ronald F, Supply Petty Officer, P/MX 50179, MPK
HOLMAN, Ernest O, Able Seaman, P/J 69330, MPK
HOLMAN, John G, Stoker 1c, P/KX 84739, MPK
HOWAT, John M B, Act/Leading Seaman, P/JX 128832, MPK
HULMES, Frederick, Ordinary Seaman, RNSR, P/JX 168749, MPK
HURDING, Joseph E, Canteen Manager, NAAFI, MPK
JENKINS, Frederick W S, Stoker 1c, P/KX 83635, MPK
JESTICO, Alfred W, Petty Officer, P/J 111608, MPK
JOHNCOCK, Ernest G, Engine Room Artificer 3c, C/MX 52935, MPK
JONES, Thomas R, Stoker 1c, P/K 61680, MPK
JUKES, William G, Able Seaman, P/JX 141795, MPK
KEARNEY, Gerald J, Surgeon Lieutenant, MPK
KEITH, John, Act/Leading Stoker, P/KX 86290, MPK
KENNARD, William G, Signalman, P/JX 1407225, MPK
KING, John C, Able Seaman, C/JX 129787, MPK
LAMONT, Athol D, Able Seaman, P/JX 143595, MPK
LEE, Albert H, Act/Yeoman of Signals, P/JX 131994, MPK
LITTLE, Leslie G W, Officer's Cook, P/LX 20434, MPK
LOADER, Charles H, Stoker 1c, P/KX 91766, MPK
MCGHEE, James C B, Stoker 1c, P/KX 90519, MPK
MILLER, Edward C, Act/Leading Seaman, P/KX 90519, MPK
MOON, William, Able Seaman, C/J 115154, MPK
MOORE, Frank C, Stoker 1c, P/KX 84623, MPK
MORRIS, James, Ordinary Seaman, RNSR, P/JX 168753, MPK
MOTTRAM, Thomas De R, Ordnance Artificer 2c, P/M 8643, MPK
MURRAY, Leonard A, Leading Seaman, P/JX 131081, MPK
MURRISON, Alfred, Chief Petty Officer, P/J 51842, MPK
NORRIS, William, Able Seaman, P/JX 145696, MPK
OVEREND, William, Leading Seaman, P/JX 140156, MPK
PAGE, Albert E, Leading Stoker, P/K 65886, MPK
PALMER, Fred M, Able Seaman, P/SSX 16718, MPK
PARSONS, Maurice, Petty Officer, P/JX 126434, MPK
PENKETHMAN, Thomas, Able Seaman, P/SSX 21192, MPK
PIPES, Henry, Able Seaman, P/SSX 19730, MPK
PONTER, Norman J C, Able Seaman, P/JX 126529, MPK
POTTS, George H, Ordinary Seaman, RNSR, P/JX 168757, MPK
POTTS, Leslie G M, Sub Lieutenant, MPK
PULLAN, Harold, Able Seaman, P/J 53918, MPK
PUMFREY, Alan V, Midshipman, MPK
PURVES, Reuben S, Petty Officer Steward, P/L 6143 Pens No 15854, MPK
RAFTER, Sydney E, Assistant Steward, P/LX 22766, MPK
RAINEY, Thomas H, Able Seaman, P/JX 129478, MPK
RAINEY, Walter G, Telegraphist, C/JX 140125, MPK
RAMSDEN, William T, Sick Berth Attendant, P/SBR/X 7748, MPK
RILEY, Arthur H, Act/Leading Seaman, P/JX 153281, MPK
ROBERTS, Patrick L, Lieutenant, MPK
ROBINSON, Sydney, Able Seaman, P/SSX 21262, MPK
RUSTON, William S, Able Seaman, P/J 112579, MPK
SANDERSON, George, Ordinary Seaman, RNSR, P/JX 168766, MPK
SEARLE, Ernest A, Stoker 1c, P/KX 91098, MPK
SHAXBY, William J K, Lieutenant (E), MPK
SKIPP, Percy L, Able Seaman, P/J 78876, MPK
SLADE, Maurice G, Stoker 1c, P/KX 87487, MPK
SLATER, Edward H, Ordinary Seaman, RNSR, P/JX 168767, MPK
SMITH, Ernest S, Stoker 1c, P/K 64972, MPK
SMITH, Frederick R B, Stoker Petty Officer, P/K 59442, MPK
SMITH, Thomas G, Able Seaman, P/J 110912, MPK
SMITH, Thomas H, Ordinary Seaman RNSR, P/JX 168533, MPK
STEELE, Thomas, Stoker 1c, P/KX 87870, MPK
STENNINGS, Reginald E, Chief Petty Officer Stoker, P/K 62234, MPK
STILL, Frederick J, Able Seaman, RFR, P/JX 135707 B/20025, MPK
STOKES, William G, Stoker 1c, P/K 65267, MPK
STRAUGHAN, Edward, Able Seaman, P/JX 129776, MPK
STURGESS, Basil G, Able Seaman, P/JX 142840, MPK
TABERSHAM, Frederick G A, Stoker 2c, C/KX 129787, MPK
TANNER, Denis V, Signalman, P/JX 139930, MPK
TATE, Milton, Stoker 1c, P/KX 84616, MPK
TAYLOR, George M, Telegraphist, P/JX 150824, MPK
TAYLOR, Sidney J F, Ordinary Seaman, RNSR, P/JX 168545, MPK
THATCHER, Henry F, Ordinary Seaman, RNSR, P/JX 168540, MPK
TINGEY, Thomas A, Ordinary Seaman, RNSR, P/JX 168542, MPK
TOMPKINS, George R I, Act/Leading Seaman, P/JX 138338, MPK
TROTT, Douglas G, Able Seaman, P/JX 140335, MPK
TUNE, Arthur C, Able Seaman, P/J 111977, MPK
TURPITT, Charles E, Leading Telegraphist, D/J 107675, MPK
VINCENT, Walter S T, Stoker 1c, P/KX 90590, MPK
WALSH, Francis, Ordinary Seaman, RNSR, P/JX 168552, MPK
WALTER, Frederick D, Ordinary Seaman, RNSR, P/JX 168556, MPK
WALTON, Sidney R, Telegraphist, P/JX 154035, MPK
WARD, Philip L, Act/Leading Seaman, P/JX 139689, MPK
WATSON, Walter W, Ordinary Seaman, RNSR, P/JX 168550, MPK
WEBSTER, Charles H, Act/Petty Officer, P/JX 131448, MPK
WELLS, Albert E, Ordinary Seaman, RNSR, P/JX 168554, MPK
WHITE, Charles, Act/Leading Seaman, P/JX 126943, MPK
WHITEHEAD, Robert J F, Stoker 1c, P/KX 92912, MPK
WHITELOCK, Edward G, Able Seaman, P/SSX 16917, MPK
WILLIS, George H, Able Seaman, RFR, P/J 113592, MPK
WILLMOTT, Cyril A, Stoker 1c, P/KX 81463, MPK
WILSON, James M, Engine Room Artificer 3c, P/MX 50356, MPK
WILSON, Norman E, Electrical Artificer, P/MX 48742, MPK
WOOLSTON, Stanley R, Able Seaman, P/J 98913, MPK
WORMALD, David, Stoker 1c, RFR, P/SSX 116521 B/10499, MPK
WRIGHT, Thomas W, Able Seaman, P/J 96255, MPK
Most, if not all, of these men posing happily on the foredeck of the destroyer HMS Daring, would soon be dead in one of the saddest Royal Navy tragedies of the first months of World War II.
battered picture was presented to the RNA archives by an unnamed relative
of one of the men who died. The fact that the sailors are wearing caps
with name tallies and white tops tends to indicate that the photograph may
have been taken shortly before the war.
following information was provided by Stroud branch member, Shipmate Owen
Simpson, who is also secretary of the HMS Daring 1952-54 Association.
wartime Daring was one of four destroyers escorting a convoy from Norway.
In the early hours of February 18, off Duncansby Head, Scotland, U-23
sighted the convoy, but while still on the surface became trapped between
the two port-side escorts. To escape she attacked the stern destroyer, HMS
Apparently Daring's "darken ship" screens were inadequate, which
allowed U-23 to easily target her.
Apparently Daring's "darken ship" screens were inadequate, which allowed U-23 to easily target her.
torpedoes were fired and at
least one of them hit Daring and caused a secondary explosion which broke the
vessel in half. She sank in two minutes.
Among those who died was an Isle of Wight sailor who had spent just two days with his new bride before having to leave with the Daring.
He was Acting PO Charlie Webster, an only son. His father, Harry, was a member of the Royal Marines Light Infantry, killed in November 1914 when the old battleship HMS Bulwark blew up as she was taking on ammunition at Sheerness.
The above photograph and text were printed in the February 2000 issue of the NAVY NEWS. I would like to express my thanks to NAVY NEWS for their kind permission to publish the above and to Owen Simpson for providing the details..
|Have found a bit more
information on the sinking of the Daring, though the numbers are once
again different to the other two sources....
The following is taken from the War Diary "The War Illustrated", Volume II, page 192
The following is taken from "The War Illustrated", Volume II, pages 220/221.
The destroyer "Daring" was the sixth British destroyer to be lost since the War began, and the first definitely known to have been torpedoed. The tragic story of her sinking as told by one of the very few survivors (Able-Seaman Alfred Lionel Willcox) is specially contributed to The War Illustrated.
Only five members of the crew of 162 on board the destroyer "Daring", which was torpedoed early on Sunday morning, February 18th, have returned home to tell the tale.
The youngest of these survivors, Able-Seaman Alfred Lionel Willcox, who lives in Plumstead High Street, London, told a representative of The War Illustrated that he would never forget the experience. Called up at the age of 20 in October, he was posted to the "Daring" after two and a half months training.
"I was at one of the gun stations on the middle watch looking forward to the time when very shortly I should be in my hammock, when suddenly there was a terrific explosion. The ship broke in half. I was thrown to the deck and saw the funnel falling towards me. Luckily it hit the gun and bounced over into the water.
"Then I went down with the ship as there was a second explosion. I remember rising to the surface to find the sea covered with oil. An air-lock beneath my oilskins enabled me to keep afloat, and I swam round until I came across two seamen clinging to a Carley float. One of them clambered aboard and pulled me and the other man up.
"It was dark, and we could hear the shouts of other men, but could not see them. The stern of the destroyer had returned to the surface, and I understand that one man clung to the propeller until he was picked up by a destroyer's boat.
"After a time a lieutenant of the 'Daring' swam towards us and calmly asked if he could board us. We pulled him on to the float."
He then described how with a splintered oar and bits of wood they paddled away from the wreck, which disappeared after about half an hour.
"We saw what we took to be a submarine," he went on. "Thinking it was British, we shouted as hard as we could. Then it occurred to us it might be the U-boat that had torpedoed us. We did not want to be picked up by them, so we stopped shouting, and the submarine disappeared."
For hours they paddled about, clinging to the float, so that the heavy swell should not throw them overboard. They sang songs and cheered themselves with the thought that they would be entitled to fourteen days' leave.
When daylight came there was not a sign of the wreck, of other survivors or of any ship that could rescue them. They were bitterly cold, for sleet had fallen during the hours they had been adrift. Eventually a destroyer came into view, and they tried to attract its attention. It stopped about a mile away. Then it began to move away.
"Our hopes dropped," he said. "Then apparently we were sighted and they approached."
He was in an exhausted condition when at length he was taken aboard the destroyer. Two days later he was landed in a Scottish port and received such attention that he concluded that "the Scots are the kindest people on earth."