Newbery, Bernard Charles Croucher


War Service:
Assistant Paymaster BERNARD CHARLES CROUCHER NEWBERY, Royal Naval Reserve died on 25 January 1917 while serving on HMS Laurentic.

In 1914 the White Star liner RMS Laurentic was requisitioned by the Admiralty and fitted out as an armed merchant cruiser. On 25th January 1917 she struck a mine off Lough Swilly on the north coast of County Donegal, Ireland and sank with the loss of 354 of her crew of over 700. HMS Laurentic was travelling to Halifax Nova Scotia and her cargo included gold bullion to the value of about a million pounds sterling intended to pay for munitions. Over the next seven years most of it was recovered.

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

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the memorial at St Saviour’s church, Lewisham High Street

He was 25. He was the son of Alfred and Winifred Newbery, of 37, Blessington Rd., Lee.


Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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