27th October 1916 H.M.S. FLIRT sunk in the Channel

The British destroyer H.M.S. Flirt, was 380 gross tons, made of steel and, She was built by Palmers of Jarrow, powered by steam turbine with three boilers and had two screws, she was 65 meters in length and a narrow beam of 6.2 meters which allowed her a service speed of 30 knots. She was armed with one 12 pounder gun, and five 6 pounder guns, and had two Torpedo tubes.

October 23rd, 1916, the Admiralty became aware that the German naval command was preparing a sortie by light forces to do a raid upon the defences of the Straits of Dover . Vice-Admiral Sir R. Bacon, commanding the Dover patrol, therefore disposed the forces under his command to meet the threatened attack. The destroyer Flirt, was commanded by Lt. R. Kellett, left Dover about 8 p.m. and two hours later, hearing gunfire in the direction of the line of drifters guarding the submarine barrage, made towards it. She found the drifter Wayeney II on fire, and at once lowered a boat to go to her assistance, put her searchlight on to do this. Meanwhile the Germans returned and a well aimed torpedo struck her amidships,. Flirt and sank her with every man on board, sunking immediately with a loss of most of the crew, the only survivors being those in the lifeboat picking up the other survivors.The official complement of HMS Flirt was eighty, nine survived and sixty were record as lost, leaving thirteen of the crew unaccounted for if fully crewed at the time.


Sunk in the Channel on 26th October 1917.


ALLEN, John E, Leading Stoker, K 8742 (Po)

ATHERTON, George, Able Seaman, SS 5985 (Po)

BAILEY, Alfred, Stoker Petty Officer, 307228 (Po)

BELL, John G, Stoker 1c, K 33619 (Po)

BELL, William, Stoker, RNR, S 5906

BRIDGER, William A, Stoker 1c, K 1472 (Po)

BUCKLE, Alfred, Leading Stoker, 307363 (Po)

BURDON, Oliver, Stoker, RNR, S 4348

CAMERON, Colin C, Officer's Steward 2c, L 9018

CARROLL, James, Stoker Petty Officer, 284276 (Po)

CHAMBERS, Thomas A, Yeoman of Signals, 211843 (Po)

CHANNON, Joseph S, Act/Leading Stoker, K 4306 (Po)

CHAPMAN, Edward J, 2nd Cook's Mate, M 16950

CHASE, Henry J, Leading Seaman, 186621 (Po)

CLARIDGE, Leslie A, Able Seaman, J 17581 (Po)

CLEGG, William S, Stoker 1c, SS 116626 (Po)

COLEBOURNE, Albert E, Stoker 1c, SS 114735 (Po)

COX, John R, Stoker 1c, K 9678 (Po)

CREASE, William T, Stoker 1c, 303819 (Po)

CROFT, William, Stoker 1c, SS 113963 (Po)

CROOKS, John A, Stoker 1c, K 16515 (Po)

DITCH, James W H, Stoker 1c, K 23281 (Po)

DOYLE, Richard, Stoker, RNR, S 9110

DUCKWORTH, Charles, Boy Telegraphist, J 37607

FENNELL, Charles H, Stoker 2c, K 30751 (Po)

FOUNTAIN, George, Ordinary Seaman, J 56111 (Po)

GRIFFITHS, Arthur, Stoker 1c, K 30163 (Po)

HAGUE, Joseph A, Stoker 1c, K 32504 (Po)

HALL, Albert E, Able Seaman, J 7338 (Po)

HUBBARD, Edwin T, Signalman, RNVR, Mersey Z 1332

HUGHES, William, Stoker 2c, K 25378 (Po)

JENKINS, William C, Chief Petty Officer, 177611 (Po)

KELLETT, Richard P, Lieutenant

LEE, Edward M, Stoker 2c, K 29879 (Po)

LYONS, John, Stoker Petty Officer, 163666 (Po)

MALCOLM, Fred B, Act/Engine Room Artificer 4c, M 22988 (Po)

MATTHEWS, Arthur, Act/Engine Room Artificer 2c, 271000 (Po)

MCINTOSH, Hugh, Seaman, RNR, B 3162

MCQUEEN, William A, Leading Telegraphist, J 6610 (Po)

MURCH, Livingstone, Act/Engine Room Artificer 4c, M 19847 (Po)

NEEDHAM, Christopher, Stoker 1c, K 27007 (Po)

PARSONS, Albert, Stoker 1c, K 36051 (Po)

PATIENCE, William, Seaman, RNR, A 5484

PORTEOUS, Samuel, Able Seaman (RFR B 6255), SS 878 (Ch)

POVEY, Austin, Stoker, RNR, S 8095

PRINGLE, Thomas, Stoker, RNR, S 8260

SEAGER, Harold A, Engine Room Artificer 3c, M 103 (Po)

SHOTT, Albert H, Engine Room Artificer 4c, M 1128 (Po)

SMITH, Henry, Leading Stoker, K 721 (Po)

STEELE, Frederick A G, Able Seaman, J 18803 (Po)

STROUD, Arthur, Able Seaman, J 2277 (Po)

VICKERY, John R, Artificer Engineer

WALLIS, Joseph H, Leading Cook's Mate, M 2269 (Po)

WARDHAUGH, George E, Stoker 1c, M 26184 (Po)

WATSON, Alfred, Petty Officer, 177741 (Po)

WHITE, Harry, Leading Seaman, 225895 (Po)

WILSON, William, Stoker 1c, K 9356

WISE, Joseph, Leading Signalman, 222824 (Po)

WOOD, John, Chief Stoker, 170070 (Po)

WOODS, John J, Stoker 1c, K 3757 (Po)

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Barter, John A, Act/Gunner
Chater, John D G, Sub Lieutenant, RNR
Hankins, George Edward, Able Seaman, J 25075 (Po)
Higgins, Frederick Cecil, Able Seaman, SS 4048 (Po)
Innes, Alexander, Seaman, RNR, 6899 A
Philpott, Sydney Charles, Signalman, RNVR, London Z/4862
Riggs, Reginald Owen, Able Seaman, J 22629 (Po)
Smith, Charles, Able Seaman, J 23424 (Po)
Trevett, James Frederick, Able Seaman, J 23916 (Po)

+ 13 missing names from the 80 crew members


We should remember them.

This shipwreck is not protected as an offical War Grave.

However WW1 mementoes or souvenirs taken by divers from this shipwreck including the bones of the dead, should be reported to the Receiver of Wreck . https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/receiver-of-wreck