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158864 HERBERT SIMSON, CHIEF PETTY-OFFICER, ROYAL NAVY : KILLED IN ACTION IN HMS,'GOOD HOPE AT THE BATTLE OF CORONEL :

1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal 1914-19 (158864 CPO. RN.) : (HERBERT SIMSON - Born 29 December 1875 at Pinchbeck, Spalding, Lincolnshire joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd.Class in HMS. 'Impregnable' on 12 January 1891 but transferred to HMS. 'Lion' less than three weeks later : Advanced through the Rates as he served at sea in numerous ships and at shore establishments to be Chief Petty Officer from 1 October 1910 at HMS. 'Victory 1' : At the outbreak of World War One he was serving in HMS. 'Suffolk' but moved to HMS. 'Good Hope' the flagship of Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher Craddock, on 17 August 1914 : He was still serving in HMS. 'Good Hope' when the ship went into action with Craddock's Squadron at the Battle of Coronel on 1 November 1914 : Craddock realising that his ships were hopelessly outgunned by the German Armoured Cruisers, 'Scharnhorst' and 'Gneisenau', decided that his only chance was to close the range, which he did despite the battering that the German ships inflicted upon both 'Good Hope' and 'Monmouth' : Craddock charged directly at the German ships which concentrated all their fire on the British Flagship and 'Good Hope' soon drifted to a halt with the topside all aflame. The forward magazine exploded severing the ship in two and it sank in the darkness with the loss of all hands. The recipient was killed in this action, he has no known grave and is commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial : He was 37 years of age at his death and the husband of Annie Simson of 100 Eastfield Road, East Southsea, Hampshire.) : Sold with verification, copy Service Record and copy CWGC. information : British War Medal has a nick to rim across the letter 'N' of SIMSON, but naming is otherwise clear and not affected GVF - £495