Photograph courtesy of Jane.

Remembered by Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies with entrance gates, dedicated in May 1958, at Ransomes Sports’ Centre, Sidegate Avenue, Ipswich.


Born: 10th February 1920, Ipswich.

Died: 30th April 1040; age: 20; M.P.K. when H.M.S. ‘Dunoon’ struck a mine at Smith’s Knoll near Great Yarmouth.

Residence: 42, Cemetery Road, Ipswich.

Employed: at Messrs. Crane, Ltd., Ipswich. Previously employed with Messrs. Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Ipswich.

Joined the Royal Navy in August 1939.


Rank: Stoker 2nd Class; Service Number: C/KX 97661.

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Dunoon.’


Memorial Reference:


Chatham Naval Memorial,


Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Sophia Florence Martin, of Ipswich.


Father: Charles Henry Martin, born 1888, Ipswich – died 1926, Ipswich. A Traction Engine Driver – Ironworks.

Mother: Sophia Florence Martin (nee Newton (1st marriage Smith)), born August 1898, Ipswich.


Evening Star – 10th May 1940

Stoker Charles W. Martin

Stoker (Second Class) Charles W. Martin, who has been killed in action on H.M.S. Dunoon, was the only son of Mrs. Douglas, of 42, Cemetery, Road, Ipswich, and the late Mr. C.H. Martin. He was 20 years of age.

After leaving school he worked first for Messrs. Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies, and afterwards for Messrs. Crane, Ltd. He joined the Navy in August 1939.






30th April 1940


H.M.S. ‘Dunoon’ was a Hunt-class minesweeper, with a more powerful armament, of the Aberdane sub-class built by Clyde Shipbuilding Company, Glasgow, Scotland, for the Royal Navy during World War One. She was not finished in time and did not participate in the war. Launched 21st March 1919. Completed 19th June 1919. Commissioned 19th June 1919. H.M.S. ‘Dunoon’ (Lieutenant Commander Hugh Alan Barclay) joined the 4th Minesweeping Flotilla in Spring 1940, and was based at Great Yarmouth. On the 30th April 1940, during a sweep she detonated a mine which resulted in a further explosion of the 4th magazine. She sank after 20 minutes, 25 nautical miles east-north-east off Great Yarmouth. 26 men lost their lives. 47 rescued.

H.M.S, ‘Dunoon’ features in the book ‘The Dragon Tree’ by Victor Canning.



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