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Charles WalmsleyAge: 37 years19061943

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Charles Walmsley
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Walmsley
Birth 1906 35 39
Census April 2, 1911 (Age 5 years)
Death of a fatherDavid Walmsley
1939 (Age 33 years)
Death January 25, 1943 (Age 37 years)
Note: Charles was an able seaman in the British Royal Navy number C/JX 299240 serving aboard HMS Corncrake…
Burial January 1943 (Age 37 years)
Note: Saint Mura's Church Cemetery
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Charles Walmsley GraveCharles Walmsley
Birth: 1906 35 39Swallow, Lincolnshire, England
Death: January 25, 1943HMS Corncrake, North Atlantic
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Charles Walmsley GraveCharles Walmsley
Birth: 1906 35 39Swallow, Lincolnshire, England
Death: January 25, 1943HMS Corncrake, North Atlantic
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Birth: December 7, 1909 42 37Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England
Death: February 1978Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England
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Death

Charles was an able seaman in the British Royal Navy number C/JX 299240 serving aboard HMS Corncrake during the Second world war. HMS Corncrake was a converted trawler and was engaged on escort duty of Convoy KMS-8 which was travelling from River Clyde to Gibraltar. It foundered in heavy weather and all hands were lost.

Burial

Saint Mura's Church Cemetery

The village of Fahan is situated about 3 miles south of Buncrana, County Donegal, Ireland. St. Mura's (Church of Ireland) Church has a new cemetery at the rear. About 50 yards south of the church, on the main R238 road, is the old monastry and an ancient graveyard. This walled graveyard contains the ruins of a monastry which was founded in the 6th century by St. Colmcille, who made one of his followers, St. Mura, the first abbot. Also here is the famous 7th century Fahan Cross Slab. In both the 10th and 13th centuries, the village was ransacked by the Vikings. A second monastery was built in the 16th century but later fell into decay. The famous hymn writer Cecil Frances Humphreys ALEXANDER lived in the Old Rectory while her equally famous husband William ALEXANDER was rector here. He went on to become Bishop of Derry and Primate of All Ireland. In the monastery graveyard is interred Agnes JONES, who trained with Florence NIGHTINGALE and nursed in the Crimean War. The new cemetery contains a memorial to those men who lost their lives when the "HMS LAURENTIC" was sunk off the Donegal coast on January 25th 1917 by enemy action. The church contains a 20th century stain glass window by Evie HONE which depicts St. Elizabeth of Hungary. Inside the church is a memorial to Nurse Agnes Jones.

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HMS Corncrake (M 82)

Minelayer of the Fish class Type ASW Trawler Displacement 670 BRT Length 162 feet Complement 35 men Armament 1 4" gun 3 20 mm AA (3x1) Max speed 11 knots Engines Reciprocating engine (V.T.E.), 1 shaft Power 700 IHP

Pennant M 82 Built by Cochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) : Amos & Smith Ordered 13 Jun 1941 Laid down Oct 1941 Launched Mar 1942 Commissioned 7 Dec 1942 Lost 25 Jan 1943 History HMS Corncrake foundered in the North Atlantic in heavy weather on 25 January 1943. Former name Mackerel

Commander T/A/Lt.Cdr. Lewis Russell Renfrew, RNR

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