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Bruce Richard McClean Edmonds was the only son of Mr and Mrs H. Edmonds of Monkshill Cottage, Waterham, Hernhill.
He was a former pupil of Hernhill School, and attended Hernhill Church. He was due to be married, and the banns had already been called twice, when he was killed.
Leading Seaman Edmonds is remembered with honour at the War Memorial at St. Michael’s, Hernhill. He is also remembered with honour at Chatham Naval Memorial, panel reference 41, 3.
In the early afternoon of 11 January 1942, south-east of Malta, HMS Southampton came under attack from 12 German Stuka dive bombers. She was hit by at least two bombs and caught fire; the resulting blaze spread from stem to stern and trapped a number of men below decks.[81 men were killed with the survivors being picked up by Gloucester and HMS Diamond. Heavily damaged and without power, Southampton was sunk by torpedoes from HMS Gloucester and HMS Orion.
Photos - Owen & “Faversham at War”
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website: CWGC.org