17th March 1917, H.M.S PARAGON sunk off Dover / Folkestone

HMS Paragon destroyer built 1913 by Thorycroft & Co. 917 tons turbine engines, Yarrow boilers, Armament three 4in guns, and 2 torpedo tubes

Lt. Bowyer was in command of the destroyer Paragon patrolling the submarine barrage in the Straits on the night of 17th March 1917 along with Laertes, Laforey, Llewelly, when a German destroyer force steamed into the Dover Straits to break the barrage. The Paragon was torpedoed and overwhelmed by the German destroyer’s gunfire that she broke on half within eight minutes and sank. Some of Paragon's own depth charges exploded killing some of the survivors from the attack from the German destroyers attack. All of HMS Paragon crew was lost, a rescue attempt to save the few survivors of HMS Paragon was made by HMS Llewellyn during the battle with the German destroyers she was also torpedoed, but was able to remain afloat.


Sunk off Dover on 17th March 1917


ALLWORK, Henry W, Leading Signalman, J 6264 (Po)

ARCHER, Joseph, Leading Stoker, K 3121 (Po)

BALLS, Harry A, Signal Boy, J 50170

BASHFORTH, James W, Able Seaman, J 13821 (Po)

BLAKEY, John W, Able Seaman, J 13237 (Po)

BOLINGBROKE, Russell, Sub Lieutenant

BOWYER, Richard G, Lieutenant

BRIANT, Gordon W, Stoker Petty Officer, 312100 (Po)

BROWN, Albert E, Leading Cook's Mate, M 1613 (Po)

BROWN, Alexander C, Stoker 1c, K 30674 (Po)

CASEY, Daniel, Able Seaman (Coast Guard), 218047 (Po)

CHAMBERS, Wilfred, Stoker 2c, K 33191 (Po)

CLAY, James S, Able Seaman, J 16127 (Po)

COLTON, Terrence, Ordinary Seaman, J 43709 (Po)

COTTINGHAM, Victor, Able Seaman, J 26907 (Ch)

CROWHURST, Edward J, Ordinary Seaman, J 60605 (Po)

DOUGLAS, Oscar R, Ordinary Seaman, J 47668 (Po)

DOWNER, William G, Stoker Petty Officer, 309153 (Po)

ELKINS, George, Able Seaman (Coast Guard), 195760 (Po)

FARMER, Joe V L, Stoker 1c, K 19105 (Po)

FARRAR, Joseph, Chief Artificer Engineer

FEWTRELL, Sydney, Act/Engine Room Artificer 4c, M 19841 (Po)

FINNERTY, Robert, Stoker 1c, K 29656 (Po)

GAMBLIN, Harry, Stoker Petty Officer, 285675 (Po)

GIBBONS, Thomas, Ordinary Seaman, J 62567 (Po)

GOLD SMITH, Frederick K, Leading Seaman, 232324 (Po)

GREASON, Herbert G, Act/Engine Room Artificer 4c, M 21844 (Po)

GREAVES, Benjamin S, Able Seaman, J 18615 (Po)

GRIFFITHS, Leonard, Ordinary Seaman, J 40894 (Po)

HARFIELD, Frederick, Able Seaman, J 13993 (Po)

HARGREAVES, William, Stoker 1c, K 30148 (Po)

HAWKER, John, Leading Seaman, 197762 (Po)

HEENEY, Thomas, Stoker Petty Officer, K 587 (Po)

HOLLAND, Arthur, Ordinary Telegraphist, J 40322 (Po)

HOWELL, Joseph, Chief Engine Room Artificer 1c, 269056 (Po)

JACKMAN, John, Gunner

JOHNSON, Jack, Stoker 1c, K 26499 (Po)

KENNETT, George W, Able Seaman, J 23344 (Po)

KNIGHT, Cyril A, Able Seaman, J 14307 (Po)

LAMB, Charles, Able Seaman, J 23657 (Po)

LAMBERT, John S, Stoker 1c, K 32494 (Po)

LANGRIDGE, Albert V, Chief Petty Officer, 176983 (Po)

LANGTHORP, Thomas, Stoker 1c, K 30748 (Po)

LONG, Albert E, Leading Seaman, 225822 (Po)

LOVERSEDGE, William, Able Seaman, J 14133 (Po)

MARSH, Edward A, Act/Leading Stoker, K 10705 (Po)

MAY, Sidney J, Able Seaman, 231029 (Po)

MAYNARD, John, Officer's Steward 3c, L 5898 (Po)

MURCHIE, Thomas C, Engine Room Artificer, RNR, EC 125

NEEDLE, Frank, Stoker 1c, K 11100 (Po)

PACK, Walter, Stoker 1c, K 31130 (Po)

PADGETT, William F, Ordinary Seaman, J 57342 (Po)

PYLE, Thomas, Ordinary Seaman, J 46438 (Po)

RICH, Sydney, Able Seaman, J 16391 (Dev)

RICHARDSON, Herbert F, Cook's Mate, M 14712 (Po)

SARGENT, James, Stoker Petty Officer, 304553 (Po)

SCOTT, John R, Leading Stoker, 278039 (Po)

SHADWELL, William C, Ordinary Seaman, J 53836 (Po)

SHARP, Stanley R, Act/Stoker Petty Officer, K 12782 (Po)

SHIRLEY, Henry, Able Seaman, J 25493 (Po)

SMITH, Robert, Stoker Petty Officer, K 460 (Po)

SMITH, William H, Officer's Steward 3c, L 9315 (Po)

STEELL, James, Act/Engine Room Artificer 4c, M 21401 (Po)

TAYLOR, Sydney C, Ordinary Seaman, J 37751 (Po)

TEW, Charles, Chief Stoker, 283155 (Po)

TITFORD, William G, Stoker 1c, K 11380 (Po)

TROKE, William H, Ordinary Seaman, J 49681 (Po)

TUCKER, Albert E, Stoker 1c, K 31135 (Po)

TULETT, Charles H, Stoker Petty Officer, 213317 (Po)

TURNS, William B, Leading Telegraphist, J 15860 (Po)

WALKER, Watson D, Stoker 1c, SS 114441 (Po)

WALSHE, William H, Leading Signalman, J 13394 (Ch)

WEBLEY, Herbert J, Lieutenant

WELLINGS, Thomas T, Able Seaman 208679

WHITE, William G, Act/Leading Stoker, K 717 (Po)

WICKERSON, Charles, Leading Seaman (Coast Guard), 170013 (Po)

  We should remember them.


This shipwreck is a War Grave but 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