Ralph Claude Hilton Jones, who died when HMS Mourne was sunk by U-767, June 1944
I read with mixed feelings Dave's letter to you of 9th December, 2003, relating the remarkable escape of Walter Schmietenknop from the stricken U-767 and Walter's commitment to God, should he survive, and to tell his story to all who will listen. One who will never have to listen is my dear cousin, ordinary seaman Ralph Claude Hilton Jones, who died when, three days before Walter's escape, HMS Mourne was sunk by Walter's U-boat. Six month's earlier, Ralph had been training for Holy Orders. God moves in a mysterious way........
Have you had any contact with survivors of HMS Mourne and, if so, I would welcome an introduction?
The only contact I had with any Mourne survivors was with David Russell who had interviewed Bill who was 20 when Mourne sank:
I will ask David if he can put you in touch with Bill if he is still around.
Here is your cousin's certificate from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site.
He is listed on the Plymouth Naval Memorial on Panel 88, Column 1.