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.
Created by: Laura44155
Royal Navy K43864 Stoker 2nd Class HMS "Pembroke II"
Royal Navy K43684 Stoker 2nd Class H.M.S. "Cassandra"
Royal Navy Ordinary Seaman HMS Royal Arthur
Royal Navy 195662 Able Seaman HMS Good Hope
Royal Navy Commander HMS Defence
Royal Navy 218962
Royal Navy 218962 Able Seaman HMS Vanguard
Royal Navy 293827
Royal Navy J22394 Able Seaman HMS Vanguard
Royal Navy M2966
Royal Navy 126189 Leading Seaman (Petty Officer Coast Guard) HMS Monmouth
Royal Navy Acting Assistant Paymaster
Royal Navy Assistant Paymaster HMS Indefatigable
Royal Navy 295851
Royal Navy 239183 Boy 2nd Class HMS Ganges
Royal Navy 239183 Leading Seaman H.M.T.B. "4." H.M.T.B. "4."
Royal Navy J4366
Royal Navy J/4366(CH). Leading Seaman H.M.S. "Natal."
Royal Navy J17840
Royal Navy J/17840 Able Seaman H.M.T.B. "4." H.M.T.B. "4."
Royal Navy J20874 Boy 2nd Class HMS Impregnable
Royal Navy J20874 Boy 1st Class HMS Impregnable
Royal Navy J20874 Able Seaman HMS Ajax
Royal Navy J20654 Ord. Seaman HMS Natal
British Army G/4953 Private East Kent Regiment
British Army G/4953 Private East Kent Regiment 2nd Battalion
Royal Navy M267
Royal Navy Mate(E) HMS BLACK PRINCE
Royal Navy Captain Royal Marines - HMS BULWARK
Royal Navy 15085 Corporal Royal Marine Light Infantry: Portsmouth Division: HMS BLACK PRINCE
British Army L/7149 Private East Kent Regiment 1st Battalion
British Army L/7149 Private The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)