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


Born: 5th September 1911, Ipswich.

Died: 20th February 1940; age: 28; M.P.K.

Residence: Ipswich.

Employed: at Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Ipswich.


Rank: Stoker; Service Number: LT/KX 100298.

Regiment: Royal Naval Patrol Service, H.M. Trawler ‘Fifeshire.’


Memorial Reference:

Panel 4, Column 1.

Lowestoft Naval Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Arthur Henry & Beatrice May Plummer, of 34, Bond Street, Ipswich.


Father: Arthur Henry Plummer, born August 1886, Harwich, Essex. A Turbine Machine Attendant – Sugar beet Factory.

Mother: Beatrice May Plummer (nee Parker), born 1889, Ipswich – died 1935, Ipswich.



Charles was an Engineer’s Boiler Man – Lawn Mower Makers and a Merchant Navy Reserve. he was living with his sister & brother-in-law at their family home – 24, Howe Avenue, Ipswich.

Reginald Alfred Wright, a Contractor’s Labourer – Public Works and a Merchant Navy Reserve, born December 1909, Ipswich.

Beatrice M. Wright (nee Plummer), unpaid Domestic Duties, born May 1913, Ipswich.

Maurice R.A. Wright, at school, born August 1931, Ipswich.

Barbara M. Wright, born 1933, Ipswich.

Maureen Wright, born 1936, Ipswich.

William G. Wright, born 1939, Ipswich.


20th February 1940


H.M. Trawler ‘Fifeshire’ was built by Smith’s Dock Co. Ltd. South Bank-on Tees, Middlesbrough. Launched 17th January 1938. Originally owned by the Fifeshire Fishing Co. Ltd., Grimsey, and then in August 1939 by the Hellyer Bros., Hull. Commissioned 21st September 1939 as an Anti-submarine vessel. On the 20th February 1940, H.M. Trawler ‘Fifeshire’ (Sub Lieutenant John Valentine Searles-Wood, RN) was bombed in an air raid by the German Luftwaffe Heikel aircraft, near Copinsay, Orkney Islands, Scotland. 21 men lost their lives and 1 survivor – Able Seaman Albert E. Blowers.

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