ERIC ARTHUR LOVE

Born: 26th September 1921, Ipswich.

Died: 2nd October 1942; age: 21; MPK.

Residence: 140, Kemball Street, Ipswich.

Rank: Marine; Service Number: CH/X2744.

Regiment: H.M.S. ‘Curacoa’.

 

Memorial Reference:

65.2.

Chatham Naval Memorial,

Chatham,

Kent.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of John Lowe & Florence May Love, of Ipswich.

 

Father: John Love, born 1891, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, a Labourer.

Mother: Florence May Love (nee Mose), born November 1897, Devonport, Devon.

 

Probate to John Love – a Labourer.

 

H.M.S. ‘Curacoa’   2nd October 1942.

 

H.M.S. ‘Curacoa’ was a C-class light cruiser. Built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast ordered April 1916, laid down July 1916. Launched 5th May 1917 from Pembroke Dock. Commissioned 18th February 1918. In 1939, she became a training ship, before she was converted to anti- aircraft cruiser August 1939 – April 1940. During the Second World War the ocean liner R.M.S. ‘Queen Mary’ was used as a troopship regularly crossing the Atlantic, normally without an escort, relying on her speed to evade the U-boats. As she came closer to Scotland on the 2nd October 1942, carrying 10,000 American and Canadian troops to Britain, H.M.S. ‘Curacoa’ joined her to provide anti-aircraft into Greenock. Both ships were on a standard zigzagging course, when they found themselves on a collision course the ‘Queen Mary’ sliced H.M.S. ‘Curacoa’ in two. Separated she takes 6 minutes to sink. 338 of her crew are lost. 26 survived, including the Commander – Captain John Wilfred Boutwood, RN. The Queen Mary with a 40 foot gash in her bow did not stop to pick up survivors.

Did H.M.S. ‘Curacoa’ steer a fatal course towards R.M.S. ‘Queen Mary’ or was the ‘Queen Mary’ to blame?

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