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 1890

    Royal Navy K3322

  • Born 1892

    Died 1918

  • Born 1869

    Died 1914

    Other Empire Force Skipper Mercantile Marine (Fishing Fleet)

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

  • Born 1889

    Died 1916

    Royal Navy 237628

  • Profile picture for Harry Strevens

    Born 1887

    Died 1915

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

    Other Empire Force Shipwright H.M. Dockyard (Sheerness) H.M.S. Princess Irene

  • Died 1916

    British Army G/3094 Private The Queen's Regiment

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

  • Born 1900

    Died 1917

    Royal Navy J44773 Boy Telegraphist HMS 'Vanguard'

  • Born 1892

    Died 1917

    Royal Navy J2118 Able Seaman H.M.S. Vanguard.

  • Born 1880

    Died 1916

    Royal Navy Lieutenant Royal Naval Reserve - HMS Indefatigable

  • Born 1892

    Died 1917

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

  • Born 1884

    Died 1915

    Other Empire Force Mercantile Marine (Fishing Fleet)

    Other Empire Force Mate Fishing Fleet - Trawler "Excel" (Lowestoft)

  • Born 1861

    Died 1917

  • Born 1893

    Died 1917

    Other Empire Force Master at Arms Mercantile Marine. S.S. Minnehaha (Belfast)

  • Born 1900

    Died 1917

    Other Empire Force Catering Apprentice Mercantile Marine (Merchant Navy)

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

  • 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 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