William Blows

Name

William Blows

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

07/09/1917
38

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
CH/11790
Royal Marine Light Infantry
S.S. "Hunsbridge"

Awards

1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL
Panel 25
United Kingdom

UK Memorials

Royston Town War Memorial

Pre War

William was born in Royston, Hertfordshire, on the 22nd February 1881. He enlisted in the Royal Marines on the 21st August 1900 and served on a number of ships during his service. After their marriage, his wife lived at Long Crendon, Thame, Oxon.

Wartime Service

William served aboard both HMS Magnificent and HMS Royal Arthur during the Great War. He then transferred to the Royal Fleet Reserve and served aboard the S.S. Hunsbridge, a British Cargo steamer built in 1912 by Craig Taylor, of Stockton, England and originally operated as the German Cargo steamer Hornfels. She was later renamed Haidar Pascha when purchased by Bremer Atlas and renamed Hunsbridge when acquired by the British Government. On the 7th September1917 she was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-49 when 60 miles off of Cape Spartel whilst on route from Swansea to Gibraltar with a cargo of coal and stores. William Blows was one of just three casualties suffered in the sinking.

Acknowledgments

Paul Johnson