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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    Born 1894

    Died 1917

    Royal Navy J16169

    Royal Navy Able Seaman HMS Mary Rose

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    Born 1897

    Died 1915

    Royal Navy J22896 Boy 1st Class HMS Goliath

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    Royal Navy Z/3876 Royal Naval Division

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    Died 1917

    Royal Navy 235993 Able Seaman

    Royal Navy 235993 Able Seaman HMS Derwent

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    Died 1914

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    Royal Navy 239001 Signalman HMS Cressy

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    Royal Navy 293803 Petty Officer Stoker HMS Pathfinder

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    Royal Navy J27592 Boy 1st Class HMS Clan McNaughton

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  • British Army S/840 Private East Kent Regiment

    British Army CR/840 Private East Kent Regiment

  • Born 1887

    Died 1918

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    Royal Navy Z/752 Royal Naval Division

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    Died 1915

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    Royal Navy J/7655 Able Seaman H.M.S. "Formidable."

  • Born 1890

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  • Born 1869

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    Other Empire Force Skipper Mercantile Marine (Fishing Fleet)

    Other Empire Force Skipper Fishing Fleet - Smack "Our Tom" (Ramsgate)