Padgham, Alfred George


Alfred George Padgham

Regiment: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserves

Ship: HMAS Calyx

Parents: Mr George & Mrs Annie Elizabeth Padgham

Brothers: Herbert David Padgham & C Padgham

Address: 85 Battle Road, St Leonards

Other Info: First names obtained from the Lives of the First World War website. Please note that there is some conflict in the records available and the information supplied to the paper with the photos above. It’s possible that the paper mixed up the photographs with the information sent in with them.

HMAC refers to His Majesty’s Armed Cruiser. HMAC Calyx’s history is as follows: Calypso SS was a 2,876grt British Merchantship built in 1904 by Earle’s SB. & Eng. Co., Ltd., Hull and owned by T. Wilson, Sons & Co., Ltd., Hull . There was accommodation for 57-1st, 44-2nd and 863-3rd class passengers.

Taken up by the Admiralty in November 1914, she was renamed HMS CALYX and armed with 8 x 4.7inch and 2 x 3pounder guns. She served with the 10th Cruiser Squadron until 26.6.1915 when she was returned to the Wilson Line.

On the 10th July 1916, in the North Sea when about 15 miles west of Listafjorden, Norway she was torpedoed without warning and sunk by German submarine U-53 when on route from London for Christiania carrying a general cargo. 30 lives lost, including Master. (From this website)

Published: December 1914

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