BENNETT Hubert Marston
Regiment : HMS Avenger Royal Navy
Service number : CJX210245
Conflict : WW2
Date of death : 15th November 1942 aged 19
Buried : Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent, England, Panel 60, Column 1.
Relatives : Son of Albert and Kate Bennett, of Redditch, Worcestershire
Memorial : Redditch War Memorial
HMS Avenger was an escort carrier. On 14th November she sailed from Gibraltar for the UK with convoy MKF1. At 03.05 on 15th November she was west of Gibraltar when she was hit on the port side amidships by a torpedo fired from the German U-boat U-155. The resulting explosion ignited her bomb room, blowing out the centre section of the ship. Her bow and stern sections rose in the air and sank within 2 minutes. Over 500 crew members perished, there were only 12 survivors from the ship’s crew.
Hubert Bennett has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Chatham Naval Memorial.