World War 2 (1939 - 1945)

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George Berry Shepherd

Service: Royal Navy
Unit: HMS Arbutus
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: C/SSX 27182

George Shepherd was born in 1919. He joined the Royal Navy and served aboard HMS Arbutus (K 86), a Corvette, which was escorting the convoy ON-63 about 295 miles west of Erris Head, Ireland. At 22:36 hours on 5 February 1942, U-136, captained by Kapitänleutnant Heinrich Zimmermann, fired a spread of three torpedoes. The corvette was hit by one torpedo and sank immediately after breaking in two. The commander Lieutenant A.L.W. Warren, DSC, RNR, 3 officers and 39 ratings were lost. George was 23 years of age and is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial Panel 56 -1 and on Mearns Parish Kirk War Memorial.


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