Born: 23rd March 1921, Ipswich.

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

Residence: 153, Morland Road, Ipswich.


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,




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

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


16th February 1941


Steam trawler ‘Ormonde’ was built in 1906, by Cochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd., Selby, North Yorkshire. She was requisitioned by the British Royal Navy for war service in November 1939, as a minesweeper. In February 1940, the vessel was returned to her owner, Arctic Steam Fishing Co., Ltd. The Admiralty, in September 1940, once again requisitioned her as an armed minesweeper, and fitted her with a 6-pounder gun. H.M. Trawler ‘Ormonde’ was based at Aberdeen, Scotland with the M-S Group 69.

On the 16th February 1941, H.M. Trawler ‘Ormonde,’ under the command of Temporary Lieutenant Philip Hamilton R.N.V.R., was on mine sweeping duties offshore from the village of  Cruden Bay, when she was attacked and sunk by German aircraft. Lieutenant Hamilton, Skipper William Thompson Coull, and all 18 crew were lost.

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