|Memorial .||Chatham Naval Memorial||13||Kent|
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HUMPHREY Edmund William Alfred Lieutenant , HMS Formidable HMS Formidable was steaming at 10 knots (19 km/h) at the rear of the squadron off Portland Bill just 20 nautical miles (37 km) from Start Point, when at 02:20 on 1 January 1915 a torpedo from the German U-boat U-24 struck the number one boiler port side. It was thought that she might be saved by reaching the coast, but by about 02:40 she had taken a list of 20 degrees to starboard and her commanding officer, Captain Noel Loxley gave the order to abandon ship. Darkness and worsening weather made it difficult to get the men and boats over the side; some small boats being thrown into the water upside down. At about 03:05, Formidable was struck by a second torpedo on the starboard side. Amidst a 30-foot swell the pinnaces and launch along with other boats (one of which capsized soon after) were launched, and the two light cruisers came alongside and managed to pick up 80 men in the deteriorating weather. By 04:45, she seemed in imminent danger of capsizing, and a few minutes later she rolled over onto many of the men in the water and sank quickly. Captain Loxley remained on the bridge along with his Fox terrier Bruce, calmly overseeing the evacuation of the ship. SEE LOXLEY De Vere- His brother The total loss of life of HMS Formidable was 35 officers (including Captain Loxley) and 512 men out of a total complement of 780. 9 Brother Freemasons lost their lives on HMS Formidable; HUMPHREY Edmund William Alfred Lieutenant MOORE Walter William Petty Officer Telegraphist PHIPP Harry Mechanician SPARROW Walter Chief Armourer WARN George Albert Alfred Mechanician SUTTON Albert Mark Sergeant BUNGARD George James Gunner ELMES Albert Edgar Petty Officer RICHARDSON George Carpenter 's MateBorn Boughton-under-Blean. co. Kent, 11 July. 1880 ; educated at Wreight's School, Faversham, and Margate School of Art. Joined the Merchant Service in 1895, being apprenticed to the Shaw, Saville and Albion Coy. Edmund HUMPHREY aquired his first knowledge of seacraft in old-fashioned sailing ships, gradually working his way to a master's ticket. He afterwards entered the service of the Royal Mail Steam Packet Coy. becoming 2nd officer, and in 1898 was commissioned as Midshipman. R.N. Received his annual training in H.M.S. President, becoming Sub-Lieut. 10 April, 1904; just prior to the war he was accepted for a year's training in a battle ship, and appointed to H.M.S. Formidable. She was torpedoed in the Channel on the 1st January 1915. A brother officerwho survived, wrote: Humphrey was popular with his sliipmates and certain to have done his dutv to the end. He was married and a daughter was born in July 1915, seven months after his death.
Unit : HMS Formidable
Action : Naval Campaign
Naval Campaign is defined as to include all sea operations that do not fall within specific naval battles such as Jutland, Coronel, Falklands etc. This includes all Merchant Navy losses.
|Type||Lodge Name and No.||Province/District :|
|Mother :||Graystone No. 1915 E.C.||East Kent|
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- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
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- Book : 1921 - Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918 - Oxford University Press
- Document : 1933 - Masonic Roll of Honour - Freemasons' Hall Vestibule - United Grand Lodge of England