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Robinson, R.H., Appr., 1917

Source: Chester-le-Sreet Heritage Group

Source: Chester-le-Sreet Heritage Group

On Tower Hill Memorial is the name of Apprentice Ralph Henderson Robinson, serving with the Mercantile Marine who died 31/07/1917.

The S.S. "Belgian Prince", a Merchant Vessel of 4765 tons, was hit by a torpedo from an U Boat U55, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Wilhelm Werner on the 31st July 1917, 175 miles N by NW from Tory Island. 39 lives were lost and the Master, Harry Hassan made prisoner. She was carrying Blue Clay from Liverpool - Newport News. She was sunk the next day by scuttling charges. Read the shocking story.

See also ENAS for Cyril Joseph Hoey, and ENAS for Richard Thornton.

"He had been away from for less than a fortnight when he was drowned, and had been at home as a consequence of having been torpedoed previously. A month ago he gave an exhibition of high diving at a local swimming gala, and won one of the prizes."

Ralph Henderson Robinson is remembered in Chester-le-Street on C105.01, C105.15, C105.36, C105.40 and on our List of Ships’ crews.

The CWGC entry for Apprentice Robinson

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