BORN HULL 12/05/1898. SON OF LOUISA TURNER, 41 BLUNDELL STREET, BRUNSWICK AVENUE, HULL. (NAVAL RECORDS ADDRESS). SERVED AS ORDINARY SEAMAN, ON HMS “BERGONIA” WHICH DISAPPEARED IN THE ATLANTIC (POSSIBLY TORPEDOED) ON 06/10/1917, AGED 20. HE IS COMMEMORATED ON THE PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL.
BEGONIA , British Navy, sloop; 1915; Barclay Curie; 1,250 tons; 2,400 i.h.p.; 17 knots; triple-expansion engines; two 4-7in. guns, two 3pdr. The sloop BEGONIA, Lt.Cdr. Basil S. Noake, was one of a class of vessel built during the First World War to serve two purposes as need might arise. The first purpose was that of a convoy escort; the second and more adventurous service was that of a Q-ship, the vessels having been built upon lines which permitted of their rapid and easy conversion into semblance of an ordinary merchantman. In October, 1917, the BEGONIA set forth on a cruise in merchantman´s guise from which she never returned. Her crew numbered about 100 officers and men. Read more at wrecksite: https://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?135561