LUDLOW George Cyril Ronald
Regiment : H.M.S. Puckeridge Royal Navy
Service number : PJX327487
Conflict : WW2
Date of death : 6th September 1943 aged 19
Buried : Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, England, Panel 75, Column 1.
Relatives : Son of Cyril Henry and Edith Ludlow, of Pershore, Worcestershire
Memorial : Pershore Abbey
Also appears on : Pershore High School
Appears on the memorial under: Royal Navy
Appears on the Royal Navy casualties list for Worcestershire.
HMS Puckeridge was a Type II Hunt Class Escort Destroyer. She was launched on 17th October 1940 and saw action in the English Channel, North Africa and Sicily. On 6th September 1943 she was on escort and patrol duty in the Mediterranean when she was torpedoed by U617 whilst on passage to Gibraltar. Two torpedoes hit the ship’s stern detonating a magazine. The ship sank in 8 minutes with the loss of 62 crew members, 129 survivors were rescued.
Berrow’s Worcester Journal, Saturday 25th September 1943:
Seaman Presumed Killed
By a sad coincidence the last letter – a cheerful message – sent home by Seaman George Cyril Ludlow, R.N., was received by the same post as a communication from the Admiralty announcing with regret that he must be presumed killed while on war service, and this was followed very quickly by the King and Queen a letter of condolence addressed from Buckingham Palace. He was a member of the crew of H.M.S. Puckeridge, the destroyer recently announced to have been sunk in an explosion of Gibraltar. He was 19 years of age and the eldest of the five sons of Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Ludlow, of 3, Pensham Hill, Pershore, and is the twin brother of their only daughter, W.A.A.F. Doris Ludlow. He joined the R.N. a few months after his 17th birthday. His father was attached to the Grenadier Guards, and served through the last war, re-engaging for the Army of Occupation in Germany, and was demobilized in 1921. Seaman Ludlow, before joining the Navy, worked at the Pershore branch of the Worcester Co-operative Society. Both at his work as a goods deliverer, and in his previous occupation delivering papers in the country district from the stationers shop of Capt. W. Fearnside, he was extremely popular.
Reported with photo.
George Ludlow has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Portsmouth Naval Memorial.