Ramsgate Remembers its sailors and fishermen

Ramsgate Remembers its sailors and fishermen

Thanet, in its unique position at the south-eastern tip of England, where the North Sea meets the English Channel, has always been of strategic importance in naval warfare. The threat from German submarines soon became apparent, when on the last day of October 1914 HMS Hermes was torpedoed in the Dover Straits. When the Admiralty ordered in December 1914 that there was to be no fishing between Cromer and Portland Bill many of Thanet’s fishermen relocated to Brixham in Devon. Many other local fishermen took part in the Dover Patrol preventing German ships and submarines from using the English Channel to reach the Atlantic Ocean. Based at Dover and Dunkirk, the Dover Patrol assembled all kinds of vessels from cruisers to paddle-minesweepers. Apart from carrying out anti-submarine patrols the ships escorted merchantmen carrying troops, wounded soldiers, supplies and munitions across the Channel. They also worked hard laying sea-mines and constructing mine barrages. The families of trawler skippers received some financial assistance but money was always in short supply. Fourteen Ramsgate fishermen died at the hands of German U-Boats and over forty Ramsgate fishing smacks were lost, a big blow to the local economy.Many other local lads who were used to handling boats joined the Royal Navy or the Merchant Navy.

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  • Died 1916

    British Army G/3094 Private The Queen's Regiment

    British Army G/3094 Private The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)

  • Born 1861

    Died 1917

  • Born 1877

  • Born 1887

    Died 1918

    Royal Navy R/6338 Royal Naval Division

  • Born 1891

    Royal Navy Z/3876 Royal Naval Division

  • Born 1897

    Died 1915

    Royal Navy Z/752 Royal Naval Division

  • Born 1889

    Died 1916

    Royal Navy 237628

  • Born 1892

    Died 1917

    Royal Navy J.3191 (CH) Able Seaman HMS Simoom

  • Born 1900

    Died 1917

    Other Empire Force Catering Apprentice Mercantile Marine (Merchant Navy)

    Other Empire Force Catering Apprentice Mercantile Marine - SS Perseverance (Ramsgate)

  • Born 1877

    Died 1914

    Royal Navy 168358 Chief Yeoman of Signals H.M.S. "Aboukir."

  • Born 1885

    Died 1917

    Royal Navy B 4428 Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy PO/4428B Seaman Royal Naval Reserve - S.S. Ennismore.

  • Died 1915

    Other Empire Force Greaser Mercantile Marine Reserve

    Other Empire Force Greaser Mercantile Marine Reserve - H.M.S. "Ramsey."

  • Born 1893

    Died 1914

    Royal Navy A 4010 Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy 4010A Seaman Royal Naval Reserve - H.M.S. "Aboukir."

  • Born 1874

    Died 1919

    Other Empire Force Mercantile Marine (Fishing Fleet)

    Other Empire Force Fourth Hand Fishing Fleet - Trawler "Impulse" (Ramsgate)

  • Profile picture for Frederick Samuel Halsey

    Born 1891

    Died 1920

    Other Empire Force Mercantile Marine (Fishing Fleet)

    Royal Navy WSA 2184 Skipper Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy A 4401 Seaman Royal Naval Reserve

  • Born 1883

    Died 1915

    Other Empire Force Second Hand Mercantile Marine (Fishing Fleet)

    Other Empire Force Second Hand Fishing Fleet - Smack "Ophir" (Ramsgate)

  • Profile picture for Frank William Lidney Adams

    Born 1886

    Died 1915

    Other Empire Force - Shipwright H.M.S. 'Princess Irene'

    Royal Navy Shipwright H.M. Dockyard Sheerness H.M.S. Princess Irene

  • Born 1883

    Died 1916

    Royal Navy ES 1510 Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy 1510ES Engineman Royal Naval Reserve - H.M. Drifter "Rooke."

  • Born 1898

    Died 1914

    Other Empire Force Mercantile Marine (Fishing Fleet)

    Other Empire Force Third Hand Fishing Fleet - "Industry" (Ramsgate)

  • Born 1886

    Died 1918

    Other Empire Force Mercantile Marine (Fishing Fleet)

    Other Empire Force Spare Hand Fishing Fleet - Steam Trawler "Eros" (Hull)