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He was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Joyce (née Faircloth) Urry who were married in 1872, and had eight children of whom six were still living in 1911. Six children were named on the census between 1881 and 1911: Blanche Lilian b. 1873 (J/A/S St Pancras) and baptised on 25 February 1874 at Christ Church, Albany Street, Camden, Rose Elizabeth birth registered 1875 J/F/M Marylebone, Herbert Allen b. 1877 (J/A/S Nottingham), Ernest George b. 1881 (O/N/D Nottingham), Clement birth registered 1890 J/F/M Nottingham, and Tom Williamson b. 1896 (J/A/S Nottingham).
15 Oct 1914
Royal Navy
HMS Hawke No CWGC or naval records Hawke was part of 10th Cruiser Squadron deployed in October 1914 as part of efforts to stop German warships from attacking a troop convoy from Canada. On 15th October, the squadron was on patrol off Aberdeen, deployed in line abreast at intervals of about 10 miles. Hawke stopped at 9:30 am to pick up mail from sister ship Endymion. After recovering her boat with the mail, Hawke proceeded at 13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph) without zig-zagging to regain her station, and was out of sight of the rest of the Squadron when at 10:30 a single torpedo from the German submarine U-9 (which had sunk three British cruisers on 22 September), struck Hawke, which quickly capsized. The remainder of the squadron only realised anything was amiss, when, after a further, unsuccessful attack on Theseus, the squadron was ordered to retreat at high speed to the northwest, and no response to the order was received from Hawke. The destroyer Swift was dispatched from Scapa Flow to search for Hawke and found a raft carrying one officer and twenty-one men, while a boat with a further forty-nine survivors was rescued by a Norwegian steamer. 524 officers and men died, including the ship's captain, Hugh P. E. T. Williams, with only 70 survivors (one man died of his wounds on 16 October). Wikipedia
Nottingham Evening Post n Memoriam 15/10/1915: ‘Urry. In loving memory of Herbert (-) Urry, who went down with HMS Hawke, October 15th, 1914. Gone but not forgotten. Mother and family.’
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