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HMS Fauvette



19th March 1915 HMS Fauvette  

SS(later HMS) Fauvette

HMS Fauvette

18 July 1912 launched by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co Ltd, Middlesbrough as Yard Nr 572 named Fauvette for General Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London November 1912 completed as a passenger / cargo vessel, carrying 106 passengers in one class on her owners’ London - Bordeaux Service 22 December 1912 sailed London for Bordeaux

1914 at the beginning of WW1 she was lying at Bordeaux when War was declared and brought the British Colony there back to England. She was used as a Despatch Vessel at the behest of the French Govt while they remained at Bordeaux

17 December 1914 berthed at London from Bordeaux

  • February 1915 requisitioned by the Admiralty for service as a Stores Ship and took the Boom defence to the island of Mudros and laid it at the approaches to the harbour
  • 19 March 1915 became an Armed Boarding Steamer as HMS Fauvette . Her subsequent exploits included the bombardment of the Dardanelles, trooping to Suvla Bay and Helles, Salonica, Bulgaria and carrying refugee soldiers from Serbia to Corfu
  • 24 May 1915 secured alongside HMS Vengenance at Mudros
  • 6 August 1915 the 6th & 7th Battalions Royal Dublin Fusiliers boarded HMS Fauvette and three other ships and departed for Suvla Bay in Gallipoli, arriving at 0400 the following morning. They disembarked 7 Aug 1915,
  • 1916 Lieutenant Commander J T Wilson RNR in command

9 March 1916 while on her way home from Girgenti to London, she struck two mines in quick succession which had been laid by UC-7(Oberleutnant zur See Georg Haag) off North Foreland and sank in four minutes in position 51.24N 01.29E with the loss of fourteen lives. The wreck remained pointing North and upright on the seabed until after the First World War when it was blown up as it was classed as a maritime shipping hazard with the demolition of the wreck leaving a field of debris on the seabed.

Those lost were

  • Ackerman, Walter (real name, but served as Arthur W Ackerman), 2nd Cook, MMR,
  • Beale, William, Ty/Sub Lieutenant, RNVR
  • Blackwood, Thomas Anderson, Ty/Engineer Sub Lieutenant, RNR
  • Colbern, Herbert George (real name, but served as Herbert G Elliott), Stoker 1c, SS 106810 (Po)
  • Costa, George, Stoker 1c, K 9414 (Po)
  • Hayes, Richard, Assistant Steward, MMR, 516746
  • Higgs, Charles, Stoker 1c, K 7429 (Ch)
  • Littler, Walter, Stoker, RNR, U 1410
  • McNally, Andrew Francis, Stoker, RNR, S 4047
  • O'Donnell, Hugh, Fireman, MMR, 850508
  • O'Farrell, Patrick Joseph, Fireman, MMR, 791994
  • Rainer, Horace, Ty/Engineer Sub Lieutenant, RNR
  • Roberts, John, Fireman, MMR, 846153
  • Smith, Walter, Yeoman of Signals, 230587 (Ch)
  • Trainor, John, Able Seaman (RFR B 2590), SS 374 (Dev)

They are remembered with pride on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, the Chatham Naval Memorial and the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Able Seaman John Trainor was buried in Belfast (Milltown) Roman Catholic Cemetery

In addition Ty/Engineer Sub-Lieutenant Thomas Anderson Blackwood RNR is remembered on the University College Dundee Great War memorial

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Those known to have served in

HMS Fauvette

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • McNally Andrew Francis. Stkr. (d.9th March 1916)

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