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The Admiralty Regrets
Sailing through a sunlit sea On a mission of war, She was a ship at half past three A wreck at half past four.
No warning as to tragedy No chance to be prepared The ship in all her majesty Unwittingly was snared.
A great explosion rent the air
Four minutes it was till she went down,
It happened in nineteen forty one
At the going down of the sun
For though they lie beneath the sea,
Ernie Jones B/Tel D/JX162202
His daughter Carol wrote the following when she sent it in..
"The poem "The Admiralty Regrets" was written by my dad, and was his account of the sinking of "Barham". Dad was the second to youngest survivor - I have also enclosed his account (again in poetry) of being picked up by the "Hotspur." Both poems are treasured by us - they are very special and a HUGE part of our past and my dad. As I told you before "The Admiralty Regrets" was included in the "service" booklet in a number of the memorial services held at "The Abbey" - dad was unaware, although he would never have minded , I really wish his name could have been put to his work at the time. Mum and I would love you to post his poems on the site - dad would have been so thrilled!
| last updated:
13 July 2013