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Stoker 1st Class SS/111261 David Crutchlow

HMS Narborough, Royal Navy
Died at Sea, Drowned at Hesta Rock Cliffs, Orkney Islands, 12th January 1918, aged

  • Commemorated: Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 30
  • Awarded British War and Victory Medals
  • Son of David and Hannah Crutchlow
  • Husband of Lily Crutchlow [nee Sidwell] of 18 Coventry Road, Hinckley. Married Oct Qtr 1912
  • NNWFHS Memorial: Bedworth

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  • Born 27 Jan 1892 in Bedworth. Baptised 8 Aug 1892
  • Lived at Violet House, Coventry Road, Bedworth
  • Employed as a Coal Miner / Loader
  • Enlisted 23 Aug 1911

    Details of the Loss of HMS Narborough
    On the night of the 12th January 1918 two Royal Navy destroyers, HMS Opal and HMS Narborough, were escorting the light cruiser HMS Boadicea on patrol against mine layers. There came such a severe blizzard of snow and high winds that the destroyers were forced to return to base at Scapa Flow. Unable to see, a navigational error caused the ships to sail straight into the cliffs at Hesta Rock, just to the north of Windwick Bay, South Ronaldsay. Click here for more..

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