Joiner 4th Class
25th November 1941
When H.M.S. Barham was torpedoed and, 4.5 minutes later, sunk after an explosion.
Son of Robert Stanley, and of Florence Stanley, of Carlton, Nottinghamshire
Brother to Leslie Robert , Kenneth, Dennis and Florence Beryl Burton (Stanley).
Uncle to Alan, Paul, Karen, Carol, Janet, Julie and Gail
Panel 56, Column 3.
PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
The Admiralty Regrets
Ernie Jones B/Tel D/JX162202
Sailing through a sunlit sea
On a mission of war,
She was a ship at half past three
A wreck at half past four.
No warning as to tragedy
No chance to be prepared
The ship in all her majesty
Unwittingly was snared.
A great explosion rent the air
As four tinfish struck home,
Succeeded by a brilliant glare
And sea churned into foam.
Four minutes it was till she went down,
Her white Ensign still flying,
But many a man was left to drown
Who'd had no thought of dying.
It happened in nineteen forty one
The twenty fifth of November,
But though the years have passed and gone
I for one, remember.
At the going down of the sun
When the sea is calm and still,
It seems they haven't gone
Or if they ever will.
For though they lie beneath the sea,
No spot to mark their grave,
Their names live on in memory
Their souls lie with the brave.
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