Born: 16th June 1921, Ipswich.

Died: 25th February 1941; age 19; MPK – torpedoed off Lowestoft.

Residence: 73, Shakespeare Road, Ipswich.


Rank: Able Seaman; Service Number: C/SSX28524

Regiment: Royal Navy H.M.S. ‘Exmoor’.


Memorial Reference:


Chatham Naval Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of John William & Clara Nellie Towson, of Ipswich.


Father: John William Towson, born March 1879, Nordelph, Norfolk. A General Labourer.

Mother: Clara Nellie Towson (nee Read), born January 1882, Woodbridge, Suffolk.


25th February 1941 – H.M.S. EXMOOR


H.M.S. ‘Exmoor’ was a Hunt class Escort Destroyer, built by Vickers-Armstrong, Newcastle-on-Tyne, ordered 21st March 1939, laid down 8th June 1940, launched 25th January 1940, commissioned 18th October 1940. She had four 4 in guns, 8 smaller turbine engines and 3 drum boilers. On the 25th February 1941, H.M.S.’Exmoor’ was escorting convoy FN 417 from the Thames to the Forth, when she was attacked by a flotilla of German motor torpedo boats. She caught fire and sank quickly 12 nautical miles east-north-east off Lowestoft, Suffolk. 4 officers including Lieutenant Commander Robert Tindle Lampard, RN and 100 men were lost with the ship. No ships of the convoy suffered loss or damage.

The wreck is designated as a protected place under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986.

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