Gilbank, Charles

Dates:

War Service:
Stoker 2nd Class CHARLES GILBANK died on 22 September 1914 while serving on HMS Hogue. He was 22.

Early on September 22nd 1914 the elderly cruisers HMS Aboukir, HMS Hogue and HMS Cressy were on patrol in the area of the North Sea known as the Broad Fourteens. The German submarine U9 sighted the three vessels steaming at about 10 knots without zigzagging. Although the patrols were supposed to maintain 12-13 knots and zigzag the old cruisers were unable to maintain that speed and the zigzagging order was widely ignored as there had been no submarines sighted in the area so far during the war. U9 fired a torpedo hitting the Aboukir. The two other cruisers closed to give assistance and U9 fired two more torpedoes which hit Hogue. Two more torpedoes sealed Cressy’s fate. In all 837 men were rescued from the three cruisers but 1459 were lost.

He was lost at sea and is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the memorial in the East London Industrial School for Boys, Brookbank Road, Lewisham.

Details:
He was the son of Jane Martin of 51 Radnor Street, Islington.

Source:

Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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