Stoker 1st Class Walter Sinton

Stoker 1st Class Walter George Sinton, Royal Navy. He was lost at sea aboard H.M.Torpedo Boat 11 on 7th March 1916, aged 25. He had been born in Berwick and was the son of Mr and Mrs George Sinton of 17 Laburnham, Wallsend. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. The ship had been built at Scotstoun, Glasgow in 1907 and weighed 225 tons with one 12 pounder gun and three torpedo tubes. On 7th March in company with the Destroyer H.M.S. “Coquette” she ran into a minefield near the Sunk Light vessel off Harwich. “Coquette” sank first and when T.B.11 went to her assistance she also struck a mine and sank very quickly with the loss of 3 Officers and 21 Ratings.  Before joining the Royal Navy in 1912 he had been employed at the Locomotive Shed at Tweedmouth.

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