Chatham Naval Memorial – the Grade I listed memorial has over 18,000 names of Naval casualties from both world wars who have no known grave. Today’s Roll recalls four servicemen from NI. Two are RAF from WW2 remembered at Runnymede and Heverlee in Belgium.
Representing their comrades who died on this day
+CLARK, Andrew Joshua
Royal Irish Fusiliers, Depot. Lance Corporal. 49759. Died 13/02/1919. Aged 21. Son of William and Jane Clark, of Bockets, Ballygawley. Upper Clonaneese Presbyterian Churchyard, outside Dungannon. Ballygawley War Dead Book
+NICHOLLS, James Ernest
RAFVR. Sergeant. 927758. Died 13/02/1943. Age 21. 15 Sqdn. Son of James Ernest and Hilda Nicholls; Husband to Mary E. Nicholls, of Newtownards. Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium
+COCKAYNE, Robert Alfred
RNPS. Telegraphist. LT/JX 251462. HM Trawler Cap D’Antifer. Died 13/02/1944. Age 24. Son of George and Gertrude Cockayne, Burton – upon -Trent. Husband to Mary Josephine Cockayne, Clough. Burton – upon -Trent Cemetery
+MAGINLEY, George Albert
RAFVR. Flight Sergeant. 1565120. Died 13/02/1945. Age 25. 550 Sqd. Son of Herbert Frederick And Mary Louisa Maginley, of Irvinestown, Co. Fermanagh. Runnymede Memorial, Panel 272.
Chatham Naval Memorial
13/02/1942 – The Dover Strait becomes a war zone as the German battleships Gneisenau and Scharnhorst make what becomes known as the “Channel Dash.” The Royal Navy deploys nine warships, 32 torpedo boats, and 450 aircraft to target the Nazi vessels, but are unable to sink them.
13/02/1945 – Corvette HMS Denbigh Castle was torpedoed in the Kola Inlet by German submarine U-992 while on Arctic convoy escort duty. 11 seamen were killed in the attack. Beaching was attempted but the ship capsized and sank.
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