Born: 16th June 1923, Denmark Green, Diss, Norfolk.
Died: 11th December 1942; age: 19; MPK. sunk by U-443
Rank: Ordinary Seaman; Service Number: C/JX/318967.
Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Blean.’
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Horace Edgar & Maud Bloomfield, of Diss, Norfolk.
Father: Horace Edgar Bloomfield, born 1888, Roydon, Suffolk.
Mother: Maud Bloomfield (nee Martin), born 1893, Diss, Norfolk – died 1937, Diss.
Jack is also remembered on the war memorial at the Clock Tower, Diss, Norfolk.
11th December 1942
H.M.S. ‘Blean’ was an Escort Destroyer of the class Hunt (Type III), built by Hawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebben-on-Tyne, UK). Names after the Blean Beagles Hunt, at Blean, Kent. Ordered 28th July 1940, laid down 22nd February 1941, launched 15th January 1942 and commissioned 23rd August 1942. H.M.S. ‘Blean’ (Commander Lieutenant Norman John Parker R.N.) was deployed in a six escort Convoy MKF4, when she was torpedoed by the German submarine – U-443 (Capitanleutnant Konstanin von Puttkamer), at 16:25hrs. The U-boat had aimed one torpedo at H.M.S. ‘Blean’ and another at 16:27hrs at a steamer, but hit H.M.S. ‘Blean.’ The vessel sunk by the stern within four minutes, 60 nautical miles from Oran, Algeria. 89 lives were lost. 94 survivors – picked up by H.M.S. ‘Wishart.’