Joseph Spratt

Leading Signalman Joseph Spratt from near Gilford, Co. Down served on board HMS Jaguar (F34) when it went down off the coast of Egypt on 26th March 1942.

Leading Signalman

Joseph Spratt

D/JX 135189

Co. Down seaman Joseph Spratt served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. He died when U-652 sank HMS Jaguar off the coast of Egypt.

Leading Signalman Joseph Spratt (D/JX 135189) served in the Royal Navy during World War Two. Born on 20th June 1915, he was the son of John Spratt and Charlotte Spratt of Lenaderg, Co. Down.

He died on board HMS Jaguar (F34) on 26th March 1942 aged 26 years old. Jaguar sank under fire from 2 torpedoes fired by U-652 off Sidi Barrani, Egypt. A total of 193 crew and ratings died on board.

HMS Jaguar

Imperial War Museum Photo: A 880 (Part of the Admiralty Official Collection). The destroyer HMS Jaguar manoeuvring at sea as seen from on board HMS Kelvin. Photo taken by Lieutenant CJ Ware.

Joseph Spratt has no known grave. His name is on Panel 67, Column 3 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Plymouth, United Kingdom. His name also features on Gilford War Memorial, Gilford, Co. Down, Banbridge War Memorial, Banbridge, Co. Down and All Saint’s Church of Ireland, Tullylish, Co. Down.

Joseph’s brother-in-law Graham Charles Bradley also lost his life during the Second World War.