HMS Illustrious deaths 9th February 1941

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  1. Steve49

    Steve49 Well-Known Member

    9th February 1941

    ABRAHAMS, Wilfred, Able Seaman, D/SSX 23612, killed [PlyM]
    BROWSE, Marcus R B, Petty Officer, D/JX 137643, killed [PlyM]
    CLEATOR, James E, Able Seaman, D/SSX 24741, killed [PlyM]
    HEARNSHAW, Granville H, Act/Leading Seaman, D/JX 136512, killed [PlyM]
    HURD, Herbert G, Electrical Artificer 2c, D/MX 46539, killed [PlyM]
    TASKER, Francis H, Able Seaman, D/JX 142897, killed [PlyM]

    HMS Illustrious suffered the following losses on this date. The ship was undergoing repairs at Alexandria at the time, so were they killed as a result as a dockyard accident or some other event?


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  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Cant find Hearnshaw but all the others died on Malta - St Angelo

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    see why now
    Name: Grenville Hammond Hearneshaw
    Event: Death
    Birth Date: 30 Aug 1916
    Birth Place: Sheffield, Yorks.
    Death Date: 9 Feb 1941
    Death Age: 24
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  3. Steve49

    Steve49 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for that.

    I see that CWGC also lists POTTS, Charles W, Engine Room Artificer 1c, P/M 35116 [PoM] for HMS St Angelo on the same day.

    If I read your attached casualty report correctly, ERA Potts and the other casualties died as a result of an explosion whilst fitting detonators to magnetic mines.

    I guess the records for the ex Illustrious casualties hadn't been updated to reflect their drafting to HMS St Angelo.


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  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

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