Able Bodied Seaman H E Adams
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- Unit - Royal Navy
- Section - Hms Amphion
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Source: Michael Doyle Their Name Liveth For Evermore: The Great War Roll of Honour for Leicestershire and Rutland. PD. An account from Naval Operations (Volume I) records. AUGUST 5th 1914: While the 1st Destroyer flotilla swept up the Dutch coast, Captain C. H. Fox in the Amphion followed with the 3rd Flotilla. He had not gone far before he encountered the first sign of the ruthlessness with which Germany was to conduct the war. A stray trawler informed him there was a suspicious vessel in the vicinity "throwing things overboard twenty miles north east of the Gabbard." While the flotilla spread in search, two Destroyers, Lance and Landrail, were sent ahead to investigate the spot. At about 11.00am they sighted the mine layer Konigin Luise, which had left Borkum the previous night (The movements of the Konigin Luise are detailed in a letter of one of her crew found in a bottle on the scene of the action). A hot chase ensued in which the Amphion joined; by noon they had sunk her by gunfire, and so we drew first blood. The crew of the sunken ship were taken on board the Amphion and the sweep was continued without further incident, till the return. Then there was another tale to tell. In the early hours of the morning the Amphion had changed her course so as to avoid the minefield the enemy had been laying. But at 6.30am (August 6th), just when she believed she was clear, a violent explosion shattered her. "Abandon ship" was promptly ordered, but almost immediately she struck another mine and went down so quickly that it was impossible to save all the crew. One officer and 150 men perished, as well as many prisoners from the Konigin Luise.
- Conflict - World War I
- Other Memorials - Loughborough Carillon, War Memorial Bell Tower
- Unit - Royal Navy
- Place of Residence - Loughborough, Leicestershire, England
- Memorial - CARILLON TOWER MEM., LOUGHBOROUGH, LEICS