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Sub Lieutenant Derrick Ives, Royal Navy, and Lieutenant Alfred Geoffrey Crummack, Royal Naval Reserve

January 19, 2020

 

Remembering the Fallen:  on this day in 1918, Sub Lieutenant Derrick Ives, Royal Navy, and Lieutenant Alfred Geoffrey Crummack, Royal Naval Reserve, were among twenty-six men who died when HMS H10, a British H-class submarine, was lost in the North Sea. 

Sub Lieutenant Ives was one of eight children of a father who was a successful restaurateur and an alderman, and a mother who organised fund-raising events and supported the Leeds workhouse.  He attended Leeds Grammar School, and at the age of fifteen began training to become an officer in the Mercantile Navy.  He went on to Osborne and Dartmouth, and was commissioned into the Royal Navy as a midshipman in May of 1914.  Over a year later he was confirmed as a sub lieutenant and assigned to HMS H10.  From Leeds, Derrick was 21 years old. 

One of three children, Lieutenant Crummack was educated at the Royal Masonic School in Bushey, Hertfordshire, and then became an apprentice at the shipbuilding firm, R. Hughes-Jones & Co..   At the outbreak of the Great War he was employed as 3rd Officer with the Ellerman Lines shipping company.  In February of 1915 he joined the Royal Naval Reserve and served on several ships before being assigned to HMS H10.  From York, Alfred was 25 years old.

HMS 10 had been assigned to the 8th Flotilla which was based at Harwich.  On the 9th of January in 1918 she headed out into the North Sea and disappeared, no trace of her ever being found.  It was presumed that she had hit a mine.  Also lost were:

Stoker First Class George Henry Allen, 23, from Tottenham

Petty Officer James Edward Bailey, 39 and married, from Kensington

Able Seaman John William Blondel, 23, from Lancaster

Robert Douglas Branch, 25, from Croydon

Lieutenant Martin Huntley Collier, 25

William John Cross, 22, from Plumstead, Kent

James Anderson Dow, 39, from Forfar

Leading Stoker Harry Hinks, 25 and married, from Ryde on the Isle of Wight

William James Sheppard Hooper, 30, from Brighton

George Andrew Howell, 23, from Wandsworth

Gunner Ernest John Hunt, 32

Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class Frank Keys, 19, from Lewisham

Alfred Ling, 21, from Saxmundham, Suffolk

Patrick Murphy, 23, from Douglas, Cork, Ireland

Engine Room Artificer Harry Pearson, 31 and married, from Northallerton, Yorkshire

David Morton Platt, 21, from Liverpool

John George Hill Roberts, 19, from Ulverston, Lancashire

Herbert Bradley Sargent, 24, from Portsmouth

Albert Edward Smith, 21, from Kentish Town

Robert William Sparks, 21, from Paddington

William Henry Francis Strachan, 22, from Stockwell, London

Stephen Sutton, 17, from West Malling, Kent

Petty Officer Albert Watters, 32 and married, from Belfast

John Williams, 21, from Slains, Aberdeenshire

All are remembered on the Chatham Naval Memorial in Kent.

 

 

 

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