Born: 1926, Ipswich.
Died: 17th February 1945; age: 18.
Rank: Ordinary Telegraphist; Service Number: P/JX 576436.
Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S.’Bluebell.’
Panel 89, Column 2.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr & Mrs J. Brooks, of Ipswich.
Father: Jack Brooks, born February 1899, Ipswich.
Mother: Lily May Brooks (nee Button), born 1899, Ipswich – died 1942, Ipswich.
17th February 1945
H.M.S. ‘Bluebell’ was a Flower-class corvette, built by Fleming & Ferguson of Paisley, Scotland on the 27th July 1939, launched 24th April 1940 and commissioned in July 1940. On the 3rd February 1945, H.M.S. ‘Bluebell (Lieutenant Geoffrey Herbert Walker DSC, R.N.V.R.) departed from Clyde, Scotland, as part of Convoy RA64. The 34 ships reached Kola Inlet, Russia safely on the 15th February. Convoy RA64 departed Kola Inlet on the 17th February, for the return journey, and were due to arrive at Loch Ewe on the 28th February. At 17:30hrs, 8 miles NE of Kola Inlet, H.M.S. Bluebell was hit in the stern by a GNAT (a German Navy Acoustic Torpedo) fired by U-711 (Kapitänleutnant Hans-Günther Lange). The homing torpedo caused her depth charges to explode and sank in less then 30 seconds with the loss of 90 lives. H.M.S. ‘Opportune’ (Commander R.E.D. Ryder RN) lowered a whaler at 17:53hrs – there was 1 survivor.