HENRY MAYHEW

Born: 23rd March 1921, Ipswich.

Died: 16th February 1941; age: 19; MPK.

Rank: Ordinary Seaman; Service Number: LT/JX 228136.

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

 

Memorial Reference:

Panel 6, Column 2.

Lowestoft Naval Memorial,

Lowestoft,

Suffolk.

 

Father: Henry Mayhew, born 1896, St. John’s, Ipswich.

Mother: Charlotte Susannah Mayhew (nee Rogers), born March 1901, Ipswich.

H.M. Trawler ‘Ormonde.’

HMS Ormonde FY 782.
Built in 1906, 250 tons 125 foot by Cochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.)
Converted into a minesweeper by the Admiralty in November 1940. Fitted with a 6-pounder gun. She was based at Aberdeen with M/S Group 69.
The ship was sunk by German aircraft off the east coast of Scotland, near Cruden Bay on 16 February 1941 with the loss of 19 men, 4 bodies were recovered on the coast. Years later divers discovered the ship. The ship sits upright on the sea bed, the decks had rotted and collapsed with a large hole on the starboard side, believed to be made from an explosion. The ship would of sank rapidly with no chance to launch life boats, the sea in February would of been too cold for anyone to survive.

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