Able Seaman Joseph Wood

Able Seaman Joseph Wood, Royal Navy. He died aboard H.M.S. “Surprise” on 23rd December 1917 and is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial. “Surprise” was an “M” Class destroyer and was lost in a German minefield near the Maas Light Vessel off Rotterdam, Holland. The destroyer of 910 tons had been launched at the Scotstoun yard on the Clyde in 1916. She and a sister ship H.M.S. “Torrent” had been escorting a convoy when they strayed into a new minefield. “Torrent” hit a mine and sank with only 7 survivors.  ” Surprise” remained in the area searching for men in the water when she also struck a mine and sank in three minutes. 54 men died with 49 survivors.

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