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The sinking of HMS Stanley

Ernest Charles Stentiford

Kingsbridge

 

We begin our fourth January Issue by wishing everyone a happy and, above all, a peaceful New Year. Thank you too for all the Christmas cards and e-mails.

A few days ago, we received the following e-mail from New Zealand:

"I have come across a Christmas Card of 1934 sent by Walter A Stentiford to my father who died in 1975. The printed card is from "HMS Leander, Home Fleet" and the envelope is postmarked "Devon". Is it possible that you know of this Walter A Stentiford? I would be happy to pass this card to a member of his family as it is ornate and unusual."

From our database, we know of two men named Walter Archibald Stentiford; both were born in 1901. If any of our readers can help to identify which man this is, please contact us so that we can put you in touch with our correspondent to whom we are very grateful.

Reg Norton returns to tell the story of the the sinking of HMS Stanley - the ship in which Ernest Charles Stentiford lost his life in 1941. Like his father, Ernest was a stoker in the Royal Navy. His days were spent in the engine room below decks, working with his comrades to maintain the ship's engines and keep them running. Stokers did a thankless but absolutely vital job, knowing that should the vessel be torpedoed, there was very little chance of escape from the engine rooms deep down inside the ship. A tiny handful of men did survive the sinking of HMS Stanley and it is through their accounts that Reg is able to tell us how Ernest  - and hundreds of his comrades - lost their lives.

During the year, we intend to return to the South Hams to tell the story of Stentifords whose existence has been well-hidden for years. Many parishes in this area have been omitted from the IGI, making research impossible for family historians who are unable to reach the Devon County Record Office. Few of our ancestors from this area show up in FreeBMD simply because records have not yet been included for the years when the family presence there was at its height. We begin 2005 by visiting Kingsbridge which lies at the head of the Salcombe River to introduce our readers to Stentiford Hill.

 

Keep in touch,

Muriel and Richard

 

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The sinking of HMS Stanley

Ernest Charles Stentiford

Kingsbridge

 

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