FLEMING, Harold Graham

No.P/JX 159879, Able Seaman, Harold Graham FLEMING
Aged 18

Royal Navy, H.M.S. "Barham"
Killed in Action on Tuesday, 25th November 1941

Born in 1923 [Kingston, Surrey Q1-1923 2A:743], the son of John G. (1886-1923)and Myrtle Helen (1898-2000) FLEMING (née DOWE) and foster son of Sophie HALLS of Bury St. Edmnunds.

A relative has helped by finding Sophie Halls, married to George William HALLS and living at the time of the 1911 census in West Row.

In 1939, at 1 The Orchards, West Row were George W Halls [22-12-1882] cowman; Sophia [27-10-1888]; Sylvia A HALLS 29-4-1918, with 3 closed records

Looks like he always wanted to be a sailor..hopefully a photo of him as an adult may come to light

"Out of Sollum in position 32.34N and 26.24E in the Mediterranean, Kptlt. Hans-Diedrich Freiherr von Tiesenhausen in his U-331 U-boat of Type VIIC came within torpedo range of the British 31,100 ton battleship HMS Barham which was out on a sortie from Alexandria. Kptlt. Von Tiesenhausen fired a spread of 4 torpedoes towards the group, 3 of which hit HMS Barham's port side causing it to list heavily and spread fire towards the ammunition storages.
Only 2 and a half minutes passed from the torpedo impact until the ship rolled onto its side and the aft magazine exploded killing 862. There were 396 survivors.

here to go to a video clip of the actual sinking

HMS Barham...before and after


photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Harold Fleming is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial panel 50, col 2
and also on the war memorial in Mildenhall

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details

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