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James Brennan

Rank:Stoker 1Number:D/311890
Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:Royal Navy
Name of Rgt or Ship:H.M.S. Courageous
How Died:Died at Sea
Country of burial:Lost at Sea
Cemetery or Memorial:Plymouth Naval Memorial
Town Memorial:Stretford Book
Extra Information:
After covering the passage of the B.E.F. to France, Aircraft Carrier - HMS
Courageous was employed in anti-submarine operations in the Western
Approaches.  At 19.50 hrs on the 17th September 1939, just as the ship was
was turning into the wind to recover aircraft, she was torpedoed on the
port side by U-Boat, U-29, commanded by Otto Schuhardt.    The attack took
place south west of Ireland in position - 50.10 N, 14.45 W.  Damage control
parties were unable to stem the flooding and 5 minutes after the torpedo
struck, the order to abandon ship was given and sank 10 minutes after that.
  Of the 1260 officers and men onboard, 519 men were lost.
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