Born: 28th September 1922, Ipswich.
Died: 12th January 1943; age: 20; MPK at Sea.
Residence: 211, Spring Road, Ipswich.
Rank: Stoker First Class; Service Number: LT/KX 145583.
Regiment: Royal Navy Patrol Service, H.M. Trawler ‘Kingston Jacinth.’
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Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Walter William & Doris Ethel Withers, of Ipswich.
Father: Walter William Withers, born September 1898, Ipswich. A General Shopkeeper – own account.
Mother: Doris Ethel Withers (nee Margetts), born February 1901, Ipswich.
ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939.
Walter was living with his parents & sisters at their family home – 211, Spring Road, Ipswich.
Walter, a General Shopkeeper – own account.
Doris, unpaid Domestic Duties.
Vera Doris Withers, a General Shopkeeper – own account, born June 1921, Ipswich.
Eva May Withers, born 1924, Ipswich.
Beryl Millicent Withers, born 1932, Ipswich.
‘Kingston Jacinth’ 12th January 1943.
The ‘Kingston Jacinth’ was built by Cook, Welton & Gemmell (Beverley, U.K.), launched 28th February 1929 and commissioned November 1939. Skipper: Reginald Walter Denny, RNR.
She hit a mine off Portsmouth with extensive damage, the order to abandon ship was given. The explosion led to the death of 20 of the crew.