Telegraphist Cyril Hambly Panther, HMPMS Duchess of Montrose, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve was killed on 18 March 1917, aged 19.
HMPMS Duchess of Montrose was a paddle steamer that was commandeered by the admiralty at the start of the war and after initially being used as a troopship was converted into a minesweeper. On the morning of the 18th March 1917 she was operating off the coast of Dunkirk where she cleared five mines that had been laid by a German U Boat (UB-12). She struck one and sank in less than a minute with the loss of 12 of her crew.
He was lost at sea and is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent.
Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the memorials at St Andrew's Church, Catford.
He was the son of William S. and Mary Amy Panther of 106 Braidwood Road, Catford. He was educated at Plassy Road in Catford and the Roan School in Greenwich. Prior to enlisting in the navy he was employed as a clerk.
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