Redruth boy who died serving with the Royal Navy, age 17
Died: 19th December, 1941
Commemorated at: St Day Road Cemetery, Redruth
Stanley was only 17 years old when he was serving onboard the cruiser HMS Neptune during enemy action in the Mediterranean. Having been born and raised in Redruth, he was serving onboard with the Royal Navy as a 'Boy, 1st Class' during the First battle of Sirte, an engagement between the British Navy and that of Italy that took place on 17th December 1941. The ship he was serving on left Malta in the early hours of 19th December to pursue part of the Italian force but ran in to a minefield 20 miles off Tripoli, hit 4 mines in succession and was sunk. All but one of the 768 men on board lost their lives.
Given Stanley's young age, this was almost certainly his first posting: a sad loss of a young life. His parents, Stanley, who was born in Falmouth, and Clara from Redruth, are also commemorated here.
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