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 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)

  • Profile picture for John Saunders

    Born 1889

    Died 1920

    Other Empire Force Mercantile Marine (Fishing Fleet)

    Other Empire Force Third Hand Fishing Fleet - Steam Trawler "Campanula" (Ramsgate)

  • Born 1877

    Died 1920

    Other Empire Force Mercantile Marine (Fishing Fleet)

    Other Empire Force First Engineer Fishing Fleet - Steam Trawler "Campanula" (Ramsgate)

  • Born 1890

    Died 1917

    Other Empire Force 2nd Steward Mercantile Marine Reserve

    Other Empire Force 2nd Steward Mercantile Marine Reserve - H.M. Yacht "Kethailes."

  • Born 1875

    Died 1914

    Royal Navy WSA 247 Skipper Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy Skipper Royal Naval Reserve - H.M. Trawler "Ben Ardra."

  • Profile picture for George Henry Fennell

    Born 1860

    Died 1914

    Other Empire Force Second Hand Mercantile Marine (Fishing Fleet)

    Other Empire Force Second Hand Fishing Fleet - Smack "L.S.D" (Ramsgate)

  • Born 1882

    Died 1917

    Other Empire Force Mercantile Marine (Merchant Navy)

    Other Empire Force Able Seaman Mercantile Marine - S.S. "Lewisham" (London)

  • Born 1879

    Died 1915

    Other Empire Force Third Hand Mercantile Marine (Fishing Fleet)

    Other Empire Force Third Hand Fishing Fleet - Steam Trawler "Rosedale" (Grimsby)

  • Born 1900

    Died 1915

    Other Empire Force Apprentice and Cook Mercantile Marine (Fishing Fleet)

    Other Empire Force Apprentice and Cook Fishing Fleet - Smack "Ophir" (Ramsgate)

  • Born 1881

    Died 1915

    Other Empire Force Skipper Mercantile Marine (Fishing Fleet)

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

  • Born 1891

    Died 1917

    Other Empire Force Mercantile Marine (Fishing Fleet)

    Other Empire Force Deck Hand Fishing Fleet - Steam Trawler "Shakespeare" (Hull)

  • Born 1864

    Died 1915

    Other Empire Force Mercantile Marine (Merchant Navy)

    Other Empire Force Second Mate Mercantile Marine - S.S. "Seven Seas" (Cork)

  • Born 1892

    Died 1916

    Other Empire Force Mercantile Marine (Fishing Fleet)

    Other Empire Force Second Hand Fishing Fleet - Steam Trawler "Cornelian" (Hull)

  • Profile picture for George Kennard

    Born 1895

    Died 1920

    Other Empire Force Mercantile Marine (Fishing Fleet)

    Other Empire Force Skipper Fishing Fleet - Steam Trawler "Campanula" (Ramsgate)

  • Died 1919

    Other Empire Force Mercantile Marine (Fishing Fleet)

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

  • Profile picture for John Kenny Bugden

    Born 1882

    Died 1914

    Other Empire Force Third Hand Mercantile Marine (Fishing Fleet)

    Other Empire Force Third Hand Fishing Fleet - Smack "L.S.D" (Ramsgate)

  • Died 1919

    Other Empire Force Third Hand Mercantile Marine Reserve

    Other Empire Force Third Hand Mercantile Marine Reserve - H.M. Armed Fishing Smack "Ivanhoe."

  • Born 1886

    Died 1917

    Other Empire Force Mercantile Marine (Merchant Navy)

    Other Empire Force Boatswain Mercantile Marine - S.S. "Iolo" (London)