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LT Matthew Percival Thompson

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LT Matthew Percival Thompson

Birth
Death
2 Oct 1942 (aged 32–33)
At Sea
Burial
Oban, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Memorial ID
69317111 View Source

On 2 October 1942, 30 miles north of the coast of Ireland HMS CURACOA was escorting the ocean liner RMS QUEEN MARY who was carrying 10,000 American troops of the 29th Infantry Division to join the Allied forces in Europe. RMS QUEEN MARY was steaming at 28 knots in an evasive zig-zagging course, but HMS CURACOA with her ageing engines, could not keep to the same zigzag pattern and was following a straight course. At 2:15 PM QUEEN MARY rammed HMS CURACOA, striking her amidships and cutting her in two. HMS CURACOA sank in six minutes, about 100 yards from the Queen Mary. Due to the risk of U-boat attacks, the QUEEN MARY did not assist in rescue operations and instead steamed onward with a damaged bow. Hours later, the convoy's lead escort, consisting of HMS BRAMHAM (L51) returned to rescue 99 survivors from the HMS CURACOA's crew of 338, including her captain John W. Boutwood.

LIEUTENANT
MATTHEW PERCIVAL THOMPSON
Regiment & Unit/Ship
Royal Naval Reserve
H.M.S. Curacoa
Died 02 October 1942
Age 33 years old

Son of Charles Kyme Thompson and Elizabeth Thompson; husband of Mary Patricia Thompson, of Meliden, Flintshire.

On 2 October 1942, 30 miles north of the coast of Ireland HMS CURACOA was escorting the ocean liner RMS QUEEN MARY who was carrying 10,000 American troops of the 29th Infantry Division to join the Allied forces in Europe. RMS QUEEN MARY was steaming at 28 knots in an evasive zig-zagging course, but HMS CURACOA with her ageing engines, could not keep to the same zigzag pattern and was following a straight course. At 2:15 PM QUEEN MARY rammed HMS CURACOA, striking her amidships and cutting her in two. HMS CURACOA sank in six minutes, about 100 yards from the Queen Mary. Due to the risk of U-boat attacks, the QUEEN MARY did not assist in rescue operations and instead steamed onward with a damaged bow. Hours later, the convoy's lead escort, consisting of HMS BRAMHAM (L51) returned to rescue 99 survivors from the HMS CURACOA's crew of 338, including her captain John W. Boutwood.

LIEUTENANT
MATTHEW PERCIVAL THOMPSON
Regiment & Unit/Ship
Royal Naval Reserve
H.M.S. Curacoa
Died 02 October 1942
Age 33 years old

Son of Charles Kyme Thompson and Elizabeth Thompson; husband of Mary Patricia Thompson, of Meliden, Flintshire.


Inscription

PRAY FOR HIS SOUL. TO LIVE IN THE HEARTS OF THOSE WE LOVE IS NOT TO DIE. R.I.P.

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