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Engine Room Artificer 4th Class William Collings

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Engine Room Artificer 4th Class William Collings

Birth
Death 1 Feb 1943
At Sea
Memorial Site* Chatham, Medway Unitary Authority, Kent, England

* A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.

Plot 71 2.
Memorial ID 14368784 View Source

Service No: C/MX 61763
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy, H.M.S. Welshman

Son of William Henry and Maud Ruth Collings, of Ormesby, Yorkshire.
His brother Vernon Collings also died during WWII.

At 17.45 hours on 1 February 1943, U-617 fired a spread of four torpedoes at a vessel identified as cruiser of the Dido class and observed two hits and a boiler explosion. The ship capsized and sank by the stern after two hours.
The victim was HMS Welshman (M 84) (Capt W. H. D. Friedberger, DSO, RN) which sank about 45 miles east-northeast off Tobruk, Libya.
Complement 289 officers and men (165 dead and 124 survivors).
Eight officers, 144 ratings and 13 passengers, including two civilians and four air crew members that had been badly burnt in a plane crash on Malta.
The commander, five officers and 112 ratings were picked up by HMS Tetcott (L 99) (LtCdr H.R. Rycroft, RN) and HMS Belvoir (L 32) (A/LtCdr J.F.D. Bush, DSC, RN) after five hours and taken to Alexandria. Another six survivors were rescued by small craft from Tobruk.

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He is remembered on his brother’s headstone in Ormesby Churchyard

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