Stoker 1st Class Thomas William Ripper

HMS Hawke
Chatham Naval Memorial unveiling on 26th April 1924

Service Number ‘SS/109685’ – Royal Navy, H.M.S. “Hawke.”

Killed in action on 15th October 1914, aged 23 when the Royal Navy Cruiser H.M.S. Hawke was attacked by submarine U-9. H.M.S. Hawke was streaming back to her squadron after collecting mail and was not zig-zagging to save time. She was hit by a single torpedo and capsized out of sight of the main squadron. When no response was received from H.M.S. Hawke a  destroyer H.M.S. Swift was dispatched from Scapa Flow to search for Hawke and found a raft carrying one officer and twenty-one men, while a boat with a further forty-nine survivors was rescued by a Norwegian steamer. 524 officers and men died when H.M.S. Hawke sank.

He is remembered on Chatham Naval Memorial in United Kingdom.


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