William Littleton served in HMS Boadicea

HMS Boadicea

My uncle sailed and died on the boadicea, i have such little knowledge of my uncle, and i would love to know anything about some of his friends that he may have sailed with. my uncle was a called william littleton.


Hello Nick,

Here is your Uncle listed on The Royal Navy Casualities by date:

Friday, 29 December 1939


LITTLETON, William, Petty Officer Stoker, C/KX 76502, died.

The cause of death is not noted.

Regards ,



HMS Boadicea was a B Class Destroyer in the Royal Navy from 1930 until her
sinking in 1944. The ship was built at Hebburn-on-Tyne by Hawthorn Leslie
and Company.

Laid down on the 11th. of July 1929.

Launched 23rd. of September 1930.

Commissioned 7th.  April 1931.Her length 98.5 meters. beam 9.8 meters,

draught 2.6 meters.

Speed 35 knots. 1,360 tons displacement. Her complement about 138.

Her Pennant No. H-65.

In February 1940, with HMS Beagle sailed from Boulogne with the Prime
Minister, War Cabinet and Chief of Staff for Dover.

In June of 1940 the ship was damaged by German aircraft off Saint- Valery.

She was part of the escort for Convoy EBC 8 to Normandy, and was sunk off
Portland, England by a German Torpedo Bomber, on the 13th. of June in 1944,
and only 12 who survived this attack

Some detail from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site:

Casualty Details
     Initials: W P
     Nationality: United Kingdom
     Rank: Petty Officer Stoker
     Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
     Unit Text: H.M.S. Boadicea.
     Age: 36
     Date of Death: 29/12/1939
     Service No: C/KX76502
     Additional information: Son of William Patrick and Bertha Louise
Littleton; husband of Ellen May Littleton, of Romford, Essex.
     Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
     Grave/Memorial Reference: North Sec. Grave 4993.
(Screen Wall. Panel 2).



Cemetery Details
     Country: United Kingdom
     Locality: unspecified
     Historical Information: Tottenham Cemetery contains burials of both wars. Most of the 291 First World War graves are in a plot on the western side of the cemetery, backed by a Screen Wall bearing the names of those buried both there and elsewhere in the cemetery, whose graves could not be individually marked. There are 211 burials of the Second World War, mostly scattered, but 30 graves form a small plot facing the First World War plot. Again, some graves could not be individually marked and these casualties are commemorated on supplementary panels to the Screen Wall.
     No. of Identified Casualties: 502
This figure includes Foreign and Non-World War graves in CWGC care

Mackenzie. J.Gregory.

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