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Offline philip b

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Re: Frederick William Edwards
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2016, 21:12:28 »
Andrew Neville Swainson is buried in St Mark's Churchyard, Bexhill, under a non CWGC headtone (a cross). His grave records that he was "accidentally drowned" at "Pevensey sluice". His death at sea gives his place of death as "off Beachy Head". The Coroner's reports, dated 7th June 1916, in the series COR/1/3/32 ... records that the cause of death for each of the men was "....HMS Flirt... accidental drowning going aboard ship by capsizing of whaler at Eastbourne, night being squally".

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Re: Frederick William Edwards
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2009, 19:31:12 »
What else is interesting is that his Wife and Son both died in January 1954?
Maybe it's big horse I'm a Londoner. :{

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Frederick William Edwards
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2009, 19:08:05 »
Frederick William Edwards was an Artificer Engineer in the Royal Navy, aboard the HMS Flirt.  He drowned on 1st June 1916.  His parents lived in Dover, his wife Lottie Victoria Edwards in the Royal Hotel Sheerness with son Harry.

Other men that drowned that day who were on HMS Flirt were:

Joseph Godfrey, Able Seaman.

William Marchant, Able Seaman, buried in Portsmouth.

Michael O'Halloran, Gunner.

Alfred Williams, Able Seaman.

Andrew N. Swainson, Lieutenant.

13th June 1916 - The Times

Lieutenant Andrew Nevill Swainson, R.N., who is officially reported to have been drowned on June 1, was born in 188, and educated at Berne (Switzerland), King's College Choir School.  Cambridge, and the Conway.  He passed into the Navy in 190, his first ship being the Canopus.  Afterwards he was midshipman on board H.M.S. Montague when she went on the rocks off Lundy Island, and earned high praise for the management of a boat during the salvage operations.  He served in the Defence, which escorted the Duke of Connaught to south Africa to open parliament.  At the beginning of war he was the first lieutenant in H.M.S. Hydra, and was present at Cuxhaven, and afterwards at the Dogger Bank action.  He was afterwards appointed lieutenant in command of H.M.S. Flirt.  Lieutenant Swainson, who was the son of the late Rev. Alfred Swainson and of the late Mrs Swainson, married, in 1914, Gladys, daughter of Colonel C. A. Owen.


British Navy, destroyer; 1900; Palmer & Co.; 335 tons; 210X 21x11; 5,700 i.h.p.; 30 knots; triple-expansion engines; Thorny croft boilers; one 12 pdr., five 6pdr., 2 T.T. On October 23rd, 1916, the Admiralty became aware that the German naval command was preparing a sortie by light forces which might have for its aim a raid upon the defences of the Straits of Dover. It was known that Capt. A. Michelsen, commanding the destroyer flotillas of the High Seas Fleet, was leading the 3rd and 9th flotillas, of 24 destroyers in all, down the Dutch coast toward Zeebrugge. Vice-Admiral Sir R. Bacon, commanding the Dover patrol, therefore disposed the forces under his command to meet the threatened attack, which came on the night of October 26th, in the area bounded by a line drawn from Dover to Calais on one side and from the Downs to Dunkirk on the other. The destroyer Flirt, a small and old ship commanded by Lt. R. Kellett, left Dover about 8 p.m. and two hours later, hearing gunfire in the direction of the line of drifters guarding the submarine barrage, made towards it. Here she found the drifter Wayeney II on fire, and at once lowered a boat to go to her assistance. At the same time a destroyer line came into sight, but gave no grounds for action as it was presumed to be French. Shortly afterwards these ships opened fire on the Flirt and sank her with every man on board, the boat's crew being the only survivors. The official complement of the Flirt was 80. The German flotillas, after damaging the destroyer Nubian and sinking one or two drifters, returned to their base without loss.


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