Alfred Warne

Leading Stoker Alfred Warne of Belfast, Co. Antrim died on 8th April 1942 when aircraft carrier HMS Hermes went down after an aerial attack by the Japanese.

Leading Stoker

Alfred Warne

D/KX 98520

Leading Stoker Alfred Warne of Belfast, Co. Antrim died while serving with the Royal Navy on board the aircraft carrier HMS Hermes.

Leading Stoker Alfred Warne (D/KX 98520) served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. He was the son of Elias Warne and Grace Ann Warne, and the husband of Mrs. C Warne of Belfast, Co. Antrim.

He died on 9th April 1942 aged 45 years old while serving on HMS Hermes. This vessel was the first purpose-built aircraft carrier launched. During Japanese raids on Trincomalee, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), Hermes was undergoing repairs. The carrier left port in advance of the raids but on returning on 9th April 1942, a Japanese reconnaissance plane spotted Hermes off the coast at Batticaloa.

As HMS Hermes was under repair, there were no planes on board when 70 bombers attacked. Hermes went down after taking 40 hits. A total of 307 crew members died as a result of the sinking. Australian Destroyer HMAS Vampire, British Corvette HMS Hollyhock, HMS Athelstane, and RFA British Sergeant also went down in the attack.

Alfred Warne has no known grave. His name is on Panel 69, Column 3 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Plymouth, Devon.