- Surnames starting with the letter L. 

Wilfred Lomax

Rank:MusicianNumber:RMB/X 249
Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:R.M. Band
Name of Rgt or Ship:H.M.S. Hermes
How Died:Killed at Sea
Country of burial:Lost at SeaGrave Photo:Yes
Cemetery or Memorial:Portsmouth Naval Memorial
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Attended St. John's School, Altrincham.  Boy chorister at St. John's.  Left
home at 14½ years of age to attend the Portsmouth Naval School of Music.

An accomplished musician, he played the piano, clarinet and violin.  Played
in the Royal Marines Band and had joined H.M.S. Hermes as a musician 2
years ago.

H.M.S. Hermes was sunk at about 11.15hrs on 09/04/42 off Batticaloa,
Ceylon, in position 07.50N 81.49E, by aircraft from Japanese carriers
Akagi, Hiryu, Shokaku & Zuikaku, which scored over 40 hits with 500lb bombs
- 307 men lost.  An aircraft carrier, it was built between 1918 & 1923, it
had a displacement of 10,805 tons and a complement of 700 personnel.

Photo 17/04/42 & 01/05/42 editions of the local newspaper.
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