Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Pte John Tennent Killed in Action 6/8/14 service no :Ply/13224

It's unbelievable that the war was barely 30 hours old and 150 Naval personnel  were dead. John Tennent Born 4/1/1887 at Oatlands Glasgow was amongst them.

He was a member of the Royal Marine Light Infantry and was killed as a result of enemy action when the HMS Amphion was sunk on 6/8/1914. HMS Amphion was an Active-class scout cruiser of the Royal Navy. 

She was  launched on 4 December 1911and was  the first ship of the Royal Navy to be sunk during an attack in 1914 during WW1.Her loss sent shockwaves through the country.
This clip is shared from the BBC commemorating 100 years since the sinking of the Amphion

 Her loss sent shockwaves through the country.
The Scout cruiser had previously chased down  the Königin Luise which had been disguised and tossing packages overboard The managed to sink it with 46 survivors from the crew of 100.

Wikipedia includes this about the sinking of the Amphion.
"Amphion continued with the search without further incident until 03:30 of 6 August, when she began the return course to Harwich. Unfortunately the allocated course ran very close to where Königin Luise had laid her mines. 

At 06:30, Amphion struck a mine that had been previously laid by Königin Luise. A sheet of flame enveloped the bridge which incapacitated her captain. Except for one man, all the forecastle gun crews were killed and many of the bridge occupants were badly burnt. As the hands were at breakfast, many were killed or suffocated in the forward messdecks. As soon as he recovered consciousness, the captain ran to the engine room to stop the engines, which were still going at revolutions for 20 knots (23 mph; 37 km/h). As all the forepart was on fire, it proved impossible to reach the bridge or to flood the fore magazine. The ship's back appeared to be broken and she was already settling by the bows.

The escorting destroyers closed in and took off Amphion's crew and the few rescued German survivors. Though her engines were stopped, her momentum carried her back into the minefield and at 07:03, just three minutes after the last boatload of survivors were taken off, she again struck the same row of mines. The fore magazine exploded, with debris striking the rescue boats and destroyers. One of Amphion's shells burst on the deck of Lark, killing two of Amphion's men and a German prisoner rescued from the cruiser. Amphion then rapidly sank within 15 minutes of the explosion. Around 150 British sailors were killed in the sinking, as well as 18 of the crew rescued from Königin Luise."

His body was never recovered. The site in the North Sea is now a protected war grave.

His mother was Margaret who lived at 75 Weir St Sth Side Glasgow.

I believe this man was a relative of mine - but cannot confirm his birth date as yet  He was a 3X removed first cousin. My Great Aunty Jessie  Kerr (Gallagher) (Rayner) lived with the family before she left for Australia. Even if he isn't a relative.... Lest We Forget.

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