Charles William Stocks served on HMS Prince of Wales and his
date of death is given as Monday 16 February 1942 . Age 22 .
official Service was No. SSX 20610
Ordinary Seaman from 14 April 1937 to 12 September 1938.
He became an Able Seaman on 13 September 1938.
was awarded a good conduct badge on 5 October 1940 which at the time,
was awarded for 3 continuous years of good service (see below), this was
signified by a single stripe on his left arm.
was present when HMS Hardy was sunk, she was run aground and beached
after an attack in Ofot Fjord, Narvik,
On 10 April 1940 in Ofot Fjord, Narvik, Norway, Captain Warburton-Lee of HMS Hardy led a flotilla of five destroyers in a surprise attack on German destroyers and merchant ships in a blinding snowstorm. This was successful, 2 German destroyers were sunk and a further 2 seriously damaged. Eight merchantmen and the ammunition ship Raunfels were also sunk. this was almost immediately followed by an engagement with five more German destroyers, during which Captain Warburton-Lee was mortally wounded by a shell which hit Hardy's bridge. Two British destroyers were lost; the Hunter sunk; and the Hardy run aground; in the first battle of Narvik; two other destroyers were badly damaged.
Captain Warburton-Lee was posthumously awarded the VC for this action. This was the first VC to be gazetted in the Second World War.
the sinking on 10th December 1941, the MOD then has him on HMS Drake Barracks in Plymouth from 11 December to 21 December
which is most likely because the Navy had him down as due for return to
British waters and reassignment, before events in Singapore took over
and he was 'officially' posted to HMS Sultan which is the main Naval
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Information provided by
Commonwealth War Graves Commission record:
In Memory of
CHARLES WILLIAM STOCKS
H.M.S. Sultan, Royal Navy
who died on
Monday 16 February 1942 . Age 22 .
Additional Information: Son of William and Eliza Ann Stocks, of South Elmsall, Yorkshire.
Cemetery: PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL Hampshire, United Kingdom
Grave or Reference Panel Number: Panel 92.