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A Territorial Force Group to a H.M.S. Hythe Casualty

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A Territorial Force Group to a H.M.S. Hythe Casualty

A Territorial Force Group to a H.M.S. Hythe Casualty - British War Medal (727 CPL. W. GROOMBRIDGE. R.E.); and Territorial Force War Medal (727 CPL. W. GROOMBRIDGE. R.E.). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, original ribbons, edge nicks on the BWM, light contact, very fine. Accompanied by a Roll of Individuals entitled to the Territorial Force War Medal and assorted research papers.   Footnote: William Groombridge was married to Jane Groombridge and was a Bricklayer by trade. Corporal William Groombridge, 1st/3rd Kent Field Company, Royal Engineers died on October 28, 1915, declared "drowned", one of 155 lives lost when the converted ferry to minesweeper H.M.S. Hythe, carrying troops, collided with H.M.S. Sarnia. Having landed her consignment of troops on the beaches at Gallipoli, H.M.S. Sarnia commenced her journey back to Mudros. The night was dark and the ship was darkened, when at 8:10 p.m. off Cape Helles, she sighted another ship right ahead, also darkened, at a distance of about half a mile. Both ships sounded their whistles and H.M.S. Sarnia turned to post, but the other vessel, H.M.S. Hythe, laden with 230 troops for the beaches, altered course to starboard. The inevitable happened a few minutes later, with H.M.S. Sarnia striking H.M.S. Hythe on the post side, about twenty-five feet from the stem, ripping a hole as far as the mast. The two ships remained locked together, during which several men jumped onboard H.M.S. Sarnia. They then drifted apart and H.M.S. Hythe settled and sank. The Court of Enquiry judged that the officer of the watch of H.M.S. Sarnia should have turned to starboard but under the circumstances, being a very difficult decision, no further action was taken. Eleven of the crew of H.M.S. Hythe and 144 troops were killed. Groombridge is remembered with honour on the Helles Memorial, Turkey, Panel 23 to 25 or 325 to 328. The Helles Memorial stands on the tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula. It takes the form of an obelisk over thirty metres high that can be seen by ships passing through the Dardanelles.(C:36)  
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