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Andrews, Ernest Frederick

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Chief Petty Officer Ernest Frederick Andrews (D/221204)
Died on Monday 4th November 1940, aged 53
H.M.S. Raleigh, Royal Navy
Son of Henry and Mary Andrews; husband of Grace Lilian Edith Andrews, of Hurst.
Buried:Hurst (St. Nicholas) Churchyard Extension
Grave 7.

Ernest Andrews was born on 29th December 1886 in Fulham. In 1904 on his eighteenth birthday he joined the Royal Navy and by July 1922 he had become a Chief Petty Officer.

In the spring of 1916 Ernest married Grace Lilian Edith Priest who had lived with her parents, John & Jane Priest in Whistley Green at the turn of the century.

Ernest Andrews was killed in the rail crash at Norton Fitzwarren in Somerset, along with 12 other naval personnel and 14 civilians. 74 others were injured, with 56 of these requiring hospital treatment.

According to the official report the accident was caused by driver error and inadequate signalling arrangements.

The servicemen who died in the crash were:

HMS Defiance, Devonport, training establishment

HASELDINE, John E, Act/Electrical Artificer, D/MX 66240

HMS Drake, Devonport, shore establishment

BUTCHER, Ronald, Ordinary Seaman, D/JX 213615
FORWARD, William H, Ordinary Seaman, D/JX 206213
HAINING, Gordon K, Stoker 2c, D/KX 108945
HEATH, John W, Ordinary Seaman, D/JX 208274
HOCKLEY, Dennis C, Chief Petty Officer Stoker, D/K 63025
ROBINSON, Charles W, Leading Seaman, D/J 8122
ROSE, Douglas A, Ordinary Seaman, D/JX 198475
WEATHERHEAD, Cyril, Motor Mechanic, D/MX 70811

HMS Raleigh, Torpoint, training establishment

ANDREWS, Ernest F, Chief Petty Officer (Pens), D/221204
COUPER, Frank R, Ordinary Seaman, D/JX 219956
STINSON, Edward, Py/Writer, D/SR 8410
DAVIS, Charles A, Leading Supply Assistant, C/MX 56341

Ernest lies in St Nicholas Churchyard, Hurst. His wife Grace was buried with him 44 years later when she died aged 99.


Ernest Andrews at St. Nicholas Churchyard, Hurst
St. Nicholas Churchyard, Hurst
Rest in peace

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in morning
We will remember them.
Lawrence Binyon