MISSEN, Jack Henry

No.C/JX 315217, Able Seaman, Jack Henry MISSEN
Aged 21

H.M.S. "Samphire", Royal Navy
Killed in Action on Saturday, 30th January 1943

Jack Henry Missen was born in Hundon in 1921 (Risbridge Q4-1921 4A:1554), son of William Robert and Kate Mary MISSEN (née CARTER).

Probably his parents were the Robert W [15/9/1881] and Mary K MISSEN 2/4/1885] at Appleacres Cottages, Hundon in 1939, his father being a shepherd

HMS "Samphire" was a Royal Navy Flower-class corvette, built by Smiths Dock Company, in South Bank-on-Tees, and commissioned in the Royal Navy on 30 June 1941. Assigned to the 36th Escort Group she was employed on convoy escort operations between Liverpool and the Mediterranean Sea.
HMS "Samphire" was torpedoed and sunk on 30 January 1943 off Bougie, Algeria by the Italian submarine Platino (Lt. Patrelli Campagnano). "Samphire" was escorting convoy TE-14 which was taking part in the North African campaign. The captain, two officers and 42 of the ship's crew died.

HMS "Samphire" sunk here

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Jack Missen is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, panel 69, column 2

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