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The sinking of HMS Indefatigable

Ernest Edmund Stentiford

Mary and Harriet Stentiford

 

We have to thank Roy Hewitt again this month for another of his memorials - this time to Ernest Edmund Stentiford. It is impossible to read the story of how Ernest lost his life without remembering Reg Norton's account in the last Issue of how this man's son died. When you see history repeating itself, it is very difficult for a lay-person to understand why the Admiralty was so slow to learn lessons and make constructional and tactical changes which could have saved lives in the Second World War.

Mary and Harriet Stentiford were the daughters of William Stentiford, a boot and shoe maker in Newton Abbot whose ancestry can be traced back to the Coleridge days. We wrote about William's father, Richard Stentiford of Dawlish, in Issue 17.  Like so many women in the past, Mary and Harriet lived hard lives in obscurity but for them, working in their luxury hotel in Torquay, perhaps there was a chance to enjoy better living conditions than many of their contemporaries experienced.

 

Keep in touch,

Muriel and Richard

 

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The sinking of HMS Indefatigable

Ernest Edmund Stentiford

Mary and Harriet Stentiford

 

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