GEORGE BERRY SHEPHERD

Service: Royal Navy

Unit: HMS Arbutus

Rank: Able Seaman

Service Number: C/SSX 27182


George Shepherd was born in 1919.  He joined the Royal Navy and  served aboard HMS Arbutus (K 86), a Corvette, which was escorting the convoy ON-63 about 295 miles west of Erris Head, Ireland.  At 22.36 hours on 5 Feb, 1942, U-136, captained by  Kapitänleutnant Heinrich Zimmermann, fired a spread of three torpedoes.  The corvette was hit by one torpedo and sank immediately after breaking in two. The commander Lieutenant A.L.W. Warren, DSC, RNR, 3 officers and 39 ratings were lost. George was 23 years of age and  is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial Panel 56 -1 and also on Mearns Parish Kirk War Memorial.                                

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Image reproduced by permission of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission