Sunday, 22 September 2013

The Live Bait Squadron: 99 years ago

On this day in 1914, three British cruisers were sunk in the North Sea, torpedoed by a solitary German submarine.  The Hogue, Aboukir and Cressy were lost with the lives of 1,459 men and boys.

John Duncan Stubbs 1899-1914
Amongst them was John Duncan Stubbs, always known as Duncan.  He was born in Coatham, attended Coatham School, and lived in Nunthorpe. 

Men from Whitby were among the 837 lucky survivors.

If you are related to anybody from the cruisers, visit the Live Bait Squadron website and make contact with Henk van der Linden.

He is preparing for a centenary commemoration next year and wants to hear from you.

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