Image from the Evening Star – 8th January 1942.

Jesse is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.


Born: 24th May 1922, Medway, Kent.

Died: 25th November 1941; age: 19; KiA.

Residence: 53, Westbury Road, Ipswich.


Rank: Leading Signalman; Service Number: C/JX 155730.

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S.’Barham.’


Memorial Reference:


Chatham Naval Memorial,



Relatives Notified & Address: Third and youngest son of Robert & Rossetta MacFiggans, of Ipswich.


Father: Robert MacFiggans, born August 1888, Stirling, Scotland. A Chief Petty Officer for the Royal Navy, H.M.S.’Ganges.’

Mother: Rosetta Jane MacFiggans (nee Terry), born September 1891, Chatham, Kent.


Jesse’s father, two brothers and sister all served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War.

March 1941  H.M.S.’Barham.’was damaged by German aircraft two months later during the evacuation of Crete. Barham was sunk off the Egyptian coast the following November by the German submarine U-331 with the loss of 862 crewmen, approximately two-thirds of her crew.

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