Regiment : H.M. Submarine Perseus Royal Navy
Service number : CKX85297
Conflict : WW2
Date of death : 19th December 1941
Buried : Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent, England, Panel 47, Column 1.
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society.
Alfred Bury volunteered for the Royal Navy and for submarine duties. He was posted to HMS Perseus, an elderly submarine of the P Class commissioned in 1930. In 1941 it was stationed in the Mediterranean and engaged in the vital task of hampering Axis shipping. The North African campaign had reached the stage when Rommel’s Afrika Korps was acquiring dominance, but his continued success depended on adequate supplies from Italy. In October and November Perseus successfully sank an Italian tanker and an Italian merchant ship, but on the 6th December it struck an Italian mine off Zante and sank with the loss of all hands, except one. Leading Stoker Alfred Bury went down with his ship and is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.