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WWI WAR MEDAL TO P.O.1. W.H. PARSONS, P.O.1., R.N. (K.I.A. 1914 H.M.S. CRESSY)

** NEW ** WWI War Medal to 183802 W.H. Parsons, P.O.1., R.N.
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William Harry Parsons was the son of Albert Edwin and Avice Parsons of Farnham, Surrey. He was serving aboard H.M.S. Cressy on 22 Sep 1914; the last ship to join the fray with German submarine U9 and to become part of what was tragically referred to as the 'Livebait Squadron'. Aboukir and Hogue had already been struck by torpedoes and in the process of firing at Hogue, Cressy had spotted U9 momentarily surfacing. Cressy returned fire and made a desperate, failed bid to ram. She was still sifting survivors from the water when struck herself on the starboard side at 07:25 hrs. Cressy then suffered another hit to the port beam at 07:30 hrs which resulted in the capsize which floated for a remaining 25 minutes. Parsons was one of the 560 crew who lost their lives from drowning. During this time, two Dutch trawlers declined to close with Cressy for fear of mines and it wasn't until 08:30 that Dutch steamship "Flora" rescued 286 men. Other steamers and trawlers assisted and a total of 837 men were rescued while 1397 men and 62 officers were lost. Parsons is remembered at Chatham Naval Memorial. Miraculously, one seaman by the name of Wykeham-Musgrave had survived the sinking of all three vessels; he had gone overboard when the Aboukir was going down and he swam to get away from the suction. He was then just getting on board the Hogue when she was torpedoed. He swam to the Cressy and she was also torpedoed. Wykeham-Musgrave found a piece of driftwood, became unconscious and was eventually picked up by a Dutch trawler. The disaster had a profound negative impact on the reputation on the British Royal Navy at the start of the war.

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