Gnr FW Sutton, HMS Voltaire
February 27, 2013
I wrote to some months ago about Gnr F W Sutton and his naval long service and good conduct medal. (see Gnr F W Sutton RN Service Number 188557 HMS Volitaire?)
Since then I recently found my fathers second Army book 64, Soldiers Service and Pay Book. This book was issued in Farnborough on the 21/April/1932. It lists his father as; William Sutton of 36 Great Southsea Street, Southsea.
So this is possibly why I have all his WW1 medals. Although I still don't know why or when my father changed his name from Sutton to Hinton.
I have read the Ransome letter on your website which gives some insight into HMS Voiltaire's heroic defence, and the part my grandfather played in his ships defence.
Do you know where else I might find out anymore about HMS Voltaire's last action?
Thank you for your help
The Action of 4 April 1941 was a naval battle fought during the Atlantic Campaign of the Second World War. A German commerce raider encountered a British auxiliary cruiser and sank her with heavy losses after an hour of