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Born: 13th April 1914, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

Died: 5th August 1940; age: 26; M.P.K.


Rank: Able Seaman; Service Number: C/JX 134230.

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M. Submarine ‘Spearfish’


Medals Awarded: Distinguished Service Medal – In recognition of daring, endurance and resource in the conduct of hazardous and successful operations in His Majesty’s Submarines against the enemy. Mentioned in Despatches – Gazetted 9th May 1940.


The crew of H.M. ‘Spearfish’ were Mentioned in Despatches, London Gazette, 23rd December 1939. “For Officers and Men of H.M. Spearfish, for courage, seamanship and resolution in bringing their ship safe home after many prolonged and violent enemy attacks which almost put her out of action.”


Memorial Reference:


Chatham Naval Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Thomas & Harriet Louise Morey; husband of Winifred Ada Morey, of Ipswich.


Father: Thomas Morey, born 1867, Marylebone, London.

Mother: Harriet Louise Morey (nee Phillips), born 1876, Thorne, Oxon.


In 1939, Ipswich, Ernest married Winifred Ada Howlett, born August 1913, Ipswich, of 90, Victoria Street, Ipswich. A Post Office Assistant.

They had 1 daughter.


Evening Star – 30th August 1940.


Able Seaman Ernest George Morey, D.S.M., of H.M.S. Spearfish, which has been announced by the Admiralty as overdue and presumed lost. Able-Seaman Morey, who was awarded the D.S.M. this year in connection with the earlier exploits of the submarine, is the son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Howlett, of 274, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, and the husband of Mrs. Winifred Morey, of the same address, whom he married about fourteen months ago.

5th August 1940   H.M. Submarine ‘Spearfish’


Built by Cammell Laird & Co. Ltd., Birkenhead. Laid down: 23rd May 1935. Launched: 21st April 1936. Commissioned: 11th December 1936. H.M. Submarine ‘Spearfish’ (Lieutenant Commander ‘Jock’ John Ray Forbes) sailed from Rosyth on the 31st July 1940, to patrol off the Norwegian coast. On the 1st August she was sighted by U-34 (Kapitanleutnant Wilhelm Rothmann), off Cape Nose Head west of Stavanger. Unaware that she was sighted by the enemy she unwittingly surfaced. U-34 fired their last torpedo at ‘Spearfish’ striking her bows, completely destroying her. 29 members of the crew were lost, there was just 1 survivor. H.M. Submarine ‘Spearfish’ was declared lost on the 5th August 1940.

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