Wars Last Goodbyes
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Farrington Gurney (St John the Baptist)

Inscription

Also their eldest son

Wm James Pearce

Stoker First Class

H.M.S. Vehement

Who lost his life while serving his

Country in the North Sea, Aug

2nd 1918 Aged 33 years

Greater love hath no man than

This that a man lay down his

Life for his friends St John XV 13

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Farrington Gurney (St John the Baptist)

Somerset

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William James

Pearce

5th June 1885

Farrington Gurney, Somerset

2nd August 1918

HMS Vehement hit a German mine in the North Sea near Heligoland Bight. Her forward magazine blew up and tore off the front half of the ship. One officer and 47 ratings were killed including William. The fires were put out and there was an attempt to tow her back to port but she was sunk after becoming unstable. \her sister ship HMS Ariel, another mine-layer also hit a mine on the same evening but sank quickly.

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Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon

First World War

Stoker 1st Class

HMS Vehement Royal Navy

His body was not recovered. The ship's home port was Immingham. William saw service from mid-1916.

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