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Richard George Brimley 
Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
Service no. P/MX 61686


Richard died when HMS Express struck a mine on 1st September 1940

On August 31st 1940, the Express and 4 other Mine-laying Destroyers left Immingham to lay an offensive field off the coast of the Netherlands. At around 23.00 hours almost to the point of dropping mines, it was reported by radio that there was an enemy convoy near at hand, which was to be attacked after the mines had been dropped. Before any mines were dropped, three of the ships, including Express, had themselves struck mines. Express was the first and some of the crew were picked up by the Ivanhoe, who then also struck a mine. Meanwhile the Esk struck and sank almost immediately. There was a considerable loss of life in all three ships, the Express lost 4 officers and 55 ratings.
In spite of having most of the bows blown off, the Express was towed back to port and eventually rebuilt.

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Commonwealth War Graves Commission record:

Richard George Brimley
Rank: Engine Room Artificer 4th Class 
Regiment: Royal Navy 
Unit Text: H.M.S Express. 
Age: 30 
Date of Death: 01/09/1940 
Service No: P/MX 61686 
Additional information: Son of Albert Samuel and Minnie E. Brimley, of Olney, Buckinghamshire. 
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead 
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 41, Column 1.