Name: STANLEY Hubert Sydney
Rank: Stoker (1st Class).
Regiment / Service: Royal Navy. H.M.S Lapwing
Date of Death: 20.03.1945
Service No: D/KX607358
Cemetery: Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon
CWGC Certificate: Hubert Sydney Stanley
Grave / Memorial Ref: Panel 94, Column 3
Address or Parish: Whalley
Additional info: H.M.S Lapwing was torpedoed by U Boat 968. 20.03.1945 at 10.58hrs GMT and sunk 12 minutes later at 11.10hrs GMT. HMS Lapwing was on convoy duty (JW6J) off the Kola Inlet, Murmansk, North Russia when hit with 158 lives lost (including) Hubert Sydney Stanley. 61 men were rescued.
Only son of Mr James and Mrs Marion Stanley, of Mitton Road, Whalley. His parents received a letter from the Admiralty which stated "Missing Presumed Killed. This sad fatality occurred as a result of enemy action whilst your son was helping to escort an important convoy in Northern waters. There can, I fear, be no hope that your son is still alive, and I should express on behalf of the officers and men of the Royal Navy, the high traditions of which your son has helped to maintain. Sincere sympathy with you in your bereavement."
Aged 20, Stoker Stanley was associated with the Church of the English Martyrs, Whalley, where he was an alter boy. He had served for over two years in the Royal Navy, and for some time was on a submarine depot ship before taking part in the D-Day landing in Normandy. One of the earliest members of the Clitheroe District Squadron of the (A.T.C) Stoker Stanley worked in the laundry at Calderstones Institution, and before that he was at Abbey Mill. Mr and Mrs Stanley will have the heartfelt sympathy of the public in general in their grievous loss. Clitheroe Advertiser and Times April 13th, 1945.
For more information and a detailed account please visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/08/a6234608.shtml
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