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HAMPSHIRE Kenneth George, Sub-Lieutenant (No. 1) RNVR, ML 457 (age 22)

HANCOCK R. G, Stoker, P/KX.134759: HMS Campbeltown

HARGREAVES Eric, Able Seaman, D/JX.164512: MTB 74 (age 21)

HARGREAVES Harold, Gunner(T) RN, HMS Campbeltown (MiD) (age 38)

HARPIN J. H, Leading Motor Mechanic, C/MX.77803: ML 341

HARRISON Sidney, Stoker(11), P/KX.138308: ML 457

HAY W, Leading Stoker RFR, D.454: ML 443

HAYHURST James, Ordinary Telegraphist, D/JX.232735: ML 443

HEAVEN Walter John, Sub-Lieutenant RNVR, ML 177

HEELEY Ronald, Telegraphist, C/JX.181383: ML 177

HEMMING Frank Stuart, Petty Officer Motor Mechanic, C/MX.76053: MGB 314 (DSM)

HENDERSON Ian Bernard Henry, Lieutenant RNVR: ML 306 (MiD) (age 31)

HETHERELL C, Motor Mechanic, C/MX.75601: ML 156

HEXTALL John Gilbert, Ordinary Seaman, D/JX.291986: ML 177 (age 31)

HILLS Kenneth Ian, Sub-Lieutenant RNVR: ML 262 (age 23)

HINKS Samuel Shufflebotham, Ordinary Seaman, C/JX.301660: ML 443

HODDER Reginald Joseph Charles, Stoker Petty Officer, P/K.66784: HMS Campbeltown (age 39)

HOLLANDS Frederick Richard Winton, Stoker(1) C/KX.120816: ML 262 (age 24)

HOLLOWAY Leslie Albert, Stoker(1), C/KX.120309: ML 270 (DSM)

HORLOCK Kenneth Mervyn, Lieutenant RNVR: ML 443

HOWARD Albert, Motor Mechanic, C/MX.72041: ML 268 (age 21)

HOWARD Harry, Chief Engine Room Artificer, P/M.31976: HMS Campbeltown (DSM)

HOWARD Victor, Able Seaman, D/JX.142239: HMS Campbeltown

HUDSON Thomas, Able Seaman, P/SSX.27778: ML 262

HUGHES E. J, Ordinary Telegraphist, C/JX.259288: MGB 314

HUTCHIN Frank, Able Seaman, D/JX.132421: HMS Campbeltown

C.E.R.A Howard DSM*

As Campbeltown steamed through the estuary of the River Loire, under heavy fire from shore batteries, possibly the least comfortable action station was in the engine-room, trying to keep steam up for the last charge towards the dock gate, while enemy shells struck, and sometimes penetrated, the thin plating of the ship's hull.

Blind within this noisy space the engineers, oilers and artificers were ready when the telegraph rang for full steam ahead, this instruction followed shortly thereafter by the order 'Stand by to Ram'.

Flung down the engine-room by the force of the impact, Chief Engine-Room Artificer Howard first confirmed that Campbeltown was wedged in place, then supervised the scuttling process by torchlight before abandoning ship onto the dockside, where he made for Curtis's gunboat alongside the north quay of the Old Entrance.

*Carl Olsson 'From Hell to Breakfast'

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