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Able Seaman Harry Mumford

 

J/13954  HMS Aboukir  Royal Navy 

 

Harry Mumford was born in Great Cornard around 1893, the son of William and Ellen Mumford.  The family later moved to 81 Queens Road, Sudbury.

 

HMS Aboukir was a Cressy Class Armoured Cruiser that was torpedoed by the German submarine U9 in the North Sea on 22nd September 1914.  A report in the Suffolk and Essex Free Press on 7th October 1914 lists AB H. Mumford as ‘Missing’.

 

Harry is officially listed as having died on 22nd September 1914 aged 21.  There is no known grave and he is remembered on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent.

 

Harry’s name is on the original Roll of Honour that hangs in St. Andrew’s Church today and was hand decorated by the church organist Mr. G. Marsh in September 1917 to honour all the men who had left the village to enlist.

 

He is remembered on the Sudbury War Memorial and on the Roll of Honour in the Heritage Museum, Town Hall, Sudbury.

 

A Cross of Remembrance was laid at Chatham Naval Memorial on 22nd October 2006.

 

 

©Shirley Smith - Sudbury & District Royal British Legion - November 2008