Born: 3rd April 1897, Valletta, Malta.
Died: 24th November 1939; age: 42.
Rank: Leading Steward; Service Number: E/LX 20820.
Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Gipsy.’
HMS Gipsy struck a magnetic mine off Harwich amidships outside the harbour. Thirty of her crew, including the captain, were killed. The 115 survivors were rescued.
“Documentary recalling the World War II attack by German seaplanes on the British merchant vessel ‘HMS Gipsy’ in November 1939, using archive footage, off-camera commentary and witness interviews to recall the tragic incident. Building site foreman, James Biddle, previously a naval switchboard operator, and pub landlord, Barry White, previously coxswain of a boat in Felixstowe dock, and first person on the scene; both recall that fateful night.”