Able Seaman John Thomas Faunch – an appeal for information, please

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From the Lichfield Mercury, Friday May 3rd, 1940.

Here’s a quick one I hope the researchers can help with: reader Rob Kinnon-Brettle has been in touch asking about the date of passing and any other information relating to Able Seaman John Thomas Faunch, of Vicarage Road, Brownhills, who died most likely in service of the country in 1940 – probably the April of that year.

Rob is keenly researching local Salvation Army history including Brownhills, and as the article I found above notes, John was with them in Brownhills.

If you can assist with any further information, please do: either comment here or mail me – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Thanks.

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4 Responses to Able Seaman John Thomas Faunch – an appeal for information, please

  1. Andy Dennis says:

    Found out quite a lot. Will write up as soon as I can.

  2. Andy Dennis says:

    There is a tree on Ancestry that led me to what befell AB Faunch.

    His birth was registered 1918 Jun-Sep Lichfield 6b 716. His parents were (as it says) George T Faunch and Ethel Maud, formerly Horton, who married in 1914.

    According to the UK Commonwealth War Graves Memorial Register, he is commemorated at the Chatham Naval Memorial, and there is some indication that he was buried there, rather than at sea. This confirms the date of death as 22 Apr 1940 and says that his ship was HMS Pelican.
    According to Wikipedia HMS Pelican was a successful anti-submarine vessel and took part in the Norwegian Campaign [anything but successful!] of Apr – Jun 1940, when she was badly damaged in an air raid off Narvik.

    According to naval-history dot net, on 22 Apr 1940 she was hit on the quarterdeck during air attack whilst on passage to Romsdalfjord. She sustained major damage, including toal loss of main electrical supply amd was withdrawn from operational duties. On 24 Apr she was taken in tow to Chatham for repair.

    The Chatham memorial can be found here (I hope)

    • Diane codrington says:

      Thank you Andy, I much appreciate the information, I will try and track down the photo, it shows him in Navy uniform with name of ship on hat.

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