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Officers and Men Killed in Action H.M.S. Shark
Jutland Bank, 31st May 1916.


   Extract from the Official History; " Naval Operations" by Sir Julian S. Corbett. 1923

..........When Admiral Hood turned to the rescue of the Chester his four destroyers were left on his port quarter, and they soon caught sight of the German cruisers running towards them south-east, half hidden by shell splashes. The division was led by Commander Loftus Jones in the Shark, the same intrepid officer who by his resolute dogging of Admiral von Ingenohl's cruiser screen at dawn on the day of the Scarborough raid had caused the whole High Seas Fleet to turn back to its base. Seeing the excellent chance that had fallen to him, he led off to make the most of it, followed by the Acasta (Lieutenant-Commander J. O. Barron), Ophelia (Commander L. G. E. Crabbe)—both officers had been with him in his previous exploit—and the Christopher (Lieutenant-Commander F. M. Kerr).  As they approached they could see that ahead of the flying cruisers a number of enemy destroyers were evidently developing an attack on Admiral Hood, but as soon as the Germans were aware of the Shark's direction they turned to protect Admiral Boedicker. A very hot engagement was the result. The Shark got off a torpedo at one of the cruisers, but she was quickly smothered with the fire of the squadron and its destroyers, and by the time Commander Jones knew he had frustrated the attack on Admiral Hood and had turned back, his boat was brought to a standstill. His old comrade, Lieutenant-Commander Barron, rushed up to take him in tow, but he would not hear of the Acasta, which was also badly damaged, being sunk for him, and ordered her to leave him. At this moment Captain P. M. R. Royds in the Canterbury appeared coming up to the rescue from the southeast. By turning to the southward he enticed the cruisers to chase, and for a while the Shark was left in peace. Presently, however, more destroyers, which Admiral Hipper had ordered to attack Admiral Hood in order to cover his retirement, came up and poured in a merciless fire. In a moment her after gun was hit, and its crew killed, and Commander Jones, who was himself controlling its fire, had a leg shot away at the knee. Yet he continued to encourage his men to fight the only gun he had left, when the Shark went down with her flag still flying.1..........

1 An able seaman, C. C. Hope, one of the only two men left unwounded, thus describes the scene after the captain was disabled : " The gaff on which the ensign was flying was shot away, and Captain Jones, seeing the ensign was hanging down the mast, asked what was wrong with the flag, and appeared greatly upset as he lay on the deck wounded. Twice he spoke of it. Then I climbed and unbent the ensign from the gaff. I passed it down to Mid-shipman Smith, R.N.R., who then hoisted it on the yardarm. Commander Jones seemed then to be less worried when he saw the flag was hoisted again." A petty-officer got the wounded captain to a life-saving raft, but a few hours later he died of exhaustion, to be awarded subsequently a posthumous Victoria Cross. The six survivors were eventually picked up by the Danish steamer Vidar. 

Loftus W. Jones.

Ernest T. Donnell.

Patrick H. G. I. Vance.

Thomas Smith, R.N.R.

 Robert Walker, R.N.V.R

William T. Gale.

Allan J. Hurst.

Abinett. Alfred Ernest, Ld. Sto. Allan, Robert, Sto. P.O. Attard, Paolo, Of. Std. 2.
 Bauham, Bernard Samuel, Yeo. Sig. Bartholomew, Chas. Harold Norman,
Of. Std.  3.
Bennington, James Arthur, Sto. 1.
Beresford, John George, Sto. 1. Bourton, Fredk. James, A.B.  Brice, Albert Bertram, A.B.
Bright, Alfred, A.B. Brown, James, E.R.A., R.N.R. Bullock, John, Ld. Sto.
Clempson, Wm. Percy Eggs, A.B.  Collett, Harry, Ord. Sea. Cownden, Arthur James, Boy Tel.
 Crow, Wm. Fredk. Sto. 1. Culver, Wm. Alfred, Ord. Sea. Daniels, John, Sto. 1.
Daughtrey, Leonard, Ord. Sea. Dewick, George Henry, A.B. Doey, Joseph John, Sto. 1
Dormer, George, Sto. 1. Dudley, John, A.B. Dudman, Samuel, A.B.
Duncan, Wm., Act. E.R.A. 4. Dwyer, James, Ld. Sea.  Earl, George Thomas, Ld. Sea.
Fawcett, Wm. Henry, Sto. 1. Fennymore, Charles William, Act.
Ld. Sto.
Garrett, Albert, A.B.
 Gillies, Richard James, Sig. Genever, John William, Sig. Griffiths, Chas., A.B.
 Hamill, Thomas, Ch. Sto Hayler, Chas., Ch. E.R.A. 1. Hodgetts, Albert George, Ld. Sig.
 Holmes, Edward George, A.B. Jeffrey, Arthur Herbert, Sto. P.O. Keappock, John Alfred, E.R.A. 4.
Kelly, James, Sto. R.N.R. Langford, Harry Joseph Clee, A.B. Lee, Alexander, Sto. 1
Lester, George, Sto. 1. Leverett, Wm. James. A.B.  Lovell, John Francis Garnet, Act. Ld. Sto.
Lowe, Frederick, Sto. 1. McGrath, John, Sto. 1. McLean, Wm., A.B.
Mayhew, Stephen Hysted, Sto. P.O Miller, Frank, Ord. Sea. Morris, Albert Edward, Ord. Sea.
Munro, George, Sto. 1 Newcombe, Frank, Ch. Sto. Norris, William, A.B.
Nicholson, Sidney, Sto. 1. Orme, William Edward, Ld. Sea. Payne, Ernest Alf. Victor, A.B.
Peiworth, Leonard Ernest, A.B. Pierce, James, Sto. 1. Primmer, Ernest Joseph, A.B.
Rogers, Horace Chetwyn, A.B. Sayers, William George, Sto. P.O. Seagar, Ernest John, A.B.
Sealy, Andley Harry, Ld. Cook's M.  Sheppard, Wm. James, A.B. Sheppard, Frederick. P.O.
 Singleton, Thomas, Sto. 1 Sly, Walter, Ld. Sto. Titheridge, Wm. Henry, Sto. 1.
Turley, Fredk. Edward, Ld. Tel. Turner, Charles Henry, Sto. 1. Wade, Edward Reginald. A.B.
Way, Henry, P.O. 1. Webb, Wm. Thomas, Ord. Sea. Wells, Clement, A.B.
Williams, Charles, Sto. P.O. Willis, Albert Edward, Act. E.R.A. 4. Wood, Alfred Hector, Sto. 1.
Woodford, Albert Edward Victor, Ld. Sea. end