|Death: ||May 24, 1941, England|
Leading Stoker Cyril Richard De Ste. Croix was one of the 1415 Sons of England lost on the morning of 24, May 1941, when HMS Hood was sunk under attack by the German battleship Bismarck.
Bismarck fired one torpedo at Hood, which struck the ship in its' after magazine/ammunition; within one minute, the ship had disappeared from the surface of the ocean.
There were only three survivors.
Cyril De Ste. Croix was 24 years old at the time of his death, placing his birth year at either 1916 or 1917; there is documentation that he was the son of George and Clarice De Ste. Croix, and that thge family was from the Eastleigh area of Hampshire.
Cyril is memorialized on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, at Panel 54, Column 2; he is also listed at Hood Chapel, Church of St. John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire.
No other information seems to be available at this time, but I will continue my research, and update this page, accordingly.
"These heroes are dead. They died for liberty - they died for us. They are at rest. They may or may not sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest. Earth may run red with other wars - they are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death. I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead." ~Robert G. Ingersoll
Body lost at sea
Created by: Rhonda C. Poynter/Gannon...
Record added: Sep 30, 2012
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