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H.M. Tug Saucy, Brixham, Devon

Researched & Copyright © Lynda Smith.2004
Thanks to Deane Wynne of The Deep Sea Rescue Tug Association for all his help including the photo of Saucy.

Where would we have been without Tugs?

Tugs played a vital role in both World Wars, and particularly in the dark days of the Second World War when we were in desperate need of the vital supplies being brought over the Atlantic in the convoys of Merchant Ships.

Most were manned by the T124T (H.M. Rescue Tugs) section of the Royal Navy a lot of these being experienced Merchant Seamen and Trawler men recruited by the Royal Navy. Some were manned by Royal Navy itself, and some by Merchant Seamen who flew the Red Ensign.

It was a difficult and dangerous job – out in all weathers, and on many occasions coming under enemy fire. Many of these men lost their lives in the course of their service. 20 Tugs were lost during the war either by enemy action or capsizing in seas they were never designed to cope with. The tugs worked not only in Home Waters. Wherever the Merchant Navy and Royal Navy went, there were tugs. The sight of a tug steaming into view must have cheered many a sailor as his ship, disabled by enemy action or breakdown, wallowing in the oceans, a sitting duck to U-Boats, the Luftwaffe, or Japanese Kamikaze Pilots. Admiralty figures show that 3 million tons of Merchant shipping plus their valuable cargoes were saved by their Rescue Tugs, also 254 Allied warships and countless lives.

It was not only ships that the tugs towed. 160 tugs were deployed during the Normandy invasion alone. They were vital to the success of D-Day, and on 7th June 1944, it was tugs that towed the Mulberry Harbours to Arromanches, without which the Normandy Invasion might have been a very different story. They also towed the massive ‘Conuns’ that carried the vital PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean) from the Isle of Wight to Cherbourg. Without these pipelines carrying petrol and oil across the Channel the armies could not have moved an inch.

We owe a very great deal to the brave men who manned these tugs.

For more information see http://dsrta.tugtalk.co.uk/index.asp which is the home page of the Deep Sea Rescue Tug Association (DSRTA).

This memorial, which is sited on a stone wall on the old market building adjacent to the “Golden Hinde” in Brixham Harbour, is cast in bronze with raised polished text.

It was dedicated on 4th September 2004, 64 years after the tragic incident.

To read the full story and see pictures of many of the men who lost their lives, please go to
http://beehive.thisiscornwall.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=SiteHome&ID=10868&PageID=63436

(Note. This tug should not to be confused with HMRT Saucy which was built by Cochranes of Selby, Yorkshire, and launched in 1942. HMRT Saucy was one of the Assurance Class of tugs)

H. M. S. Saucy

To the memory of 28 crew who gave their lives on
September 4th 1940 when their Search and
Rescue Tug was mined and sank in the Firth of Forth, Scotland.

18 of the crew that lost their lives were Brixham men.

CLIFT

John William

Fireman. H.M. Tug Saucy, Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). Died on 4th September 1940. Aged 38. Commemorated: Liverpool Naval Memorial. Panel 21, Column 2.

COYSH

Thomas William

Sailor 1091721. H.M. Tug Saucy, Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). Died on 4th September 1940. Commemorated: Liverpool Naval Memorial. Panel 21, Column 2.

CRANG

Seymour William

Sailor. H.M. Tug Saucy, Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). Died on 4th September 1940. Aged 29. Husband of Agnes A. A. Crang, of Brixham, Devon. Commemorated: Liverpool Naval Memorial. Panel 21, Column 2.

CUDD

William Herbert

Sailor. H.M. Tug Saucy, Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). Died on 4th September 1940. Commemorated: Liverpool Naval Memorial. Panel 21, Column 2.

FOSTER

Sidney

Sailor. H.M. Tug Saucy, Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). Died on 4th September 1940. Aged 24. Son of Jim and Susan Foster; husband of Dorothy Bessie Foster. Commemorated: Liverpool Naval Memorial. Panel 21, Column 2.

GARDNER

Stanley Edward

Fireman. H.M. Tug Saucy, Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). Died on 4th September 1940. Aged 26. Commemorated: Liverpool Naval Memorial. Panel 21, Column 2.

HARVEY

Cyril John

Fireman. H.M. Tug. Saucy, Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). Died on 4th September 1940. Aged 20. Son of Harold Turner Harvey and Elsie May Harvey, of Brixham, Devon. His brother, Roy Harold (below), perished with him and is commemorated on the Liverpool Memorial. Buried: Edinburgh (Seafield) Cemetery. Ref. Sec. P. Grave 813.

HARVEY

Leonard Turner

Donkeyman 1091723. H.M. Tug Saucy, Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). Died on 4th September 1940. Aged 37. Son of Samuel and Eliza Harvey; husband of Adda Elizabeth Harvey, of Brixham, Devon. Commemorated: Liverpool Naval Memorial. Panel 21, Column 2.

HARVEY

Roy Harold

Fireman. H.M. Tug Saucy, Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). Died on 4th September 1940. Aged 19. Son of Harold Turner Harvey and Elsie May Harvey, of Brixham, Devon. His brother, Cyril John M. Harvey (above), perished with him and is buried in Edinburgh (Seafield) Cemetery. Commemorated: Liverpool Naval Memorial. Panel 21, Column 2.

LAUNDER

Charles Henry

Sailor. H.M. Tug Saucy, Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). Died on 4th September 1940. Aged 36. Son of William R. Launder and Ellen F. Launder, of Plymouth. Buried: Edinburgh (Seafield) Cemetery. Ref. Sec. P. Grave 799.

MEDWAY

Vincent

Sailor. H.M. Tug Saucy, Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). Died on 4th September 1940. Aged 39. Commemorated: Liverpool Naval Memorial. Panel 21, Column 2.

LOVELL

Thomas

Sailor. H.M. Tug Saucy, Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). Died on 4th September 1940. Aged 53. Husband of Blanche Elizabeth Lovell, of Brixham, Devon. Buried: Edinburgh (Seafield) Cemetery. Ref. Sec. P. Joint grave 799.

PIPER

Samuel John Ronald

Fireman. H.M. Tug Saucy, Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). Died on 4th September 1940. Aged 26. Son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Piper; husband of Ermyntrude Bessie Piper, of Goodrington, Devon. Buried: Edinburgh (Seafield) Cemetery. Ref. Sec. P. Grave 814.

NICHOLLS

Harry Edward

Sailor. H.M. Tug Saucy, Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). Died on 4th September 1940. Aged 30. Husband of Olive Hyne Nicholls. Buried: Edinburgh (Seafield) Cemetery. Ref. Sec. P. Grave 798.

ROBERTS

Charles Edward

Fireman. H.M. Tug Saucy, Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). Died on 4th September 1940. Commemorated: Liverpool Naval Memorial. Panel 21, Column 2.

PULHAM

Edward William

Third Engineer Officer 1040662. H.M. Tug Saucy, Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). Died on 4th September 1940. Aged 42. Commemorated: Liverpool Naval Memorial. Panel 21, Column 2.

STAMP

Ralph Edwin George

Fireman. H.M. Tug Saucy. Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). Died on 4th September 1940. Aged 23. Son of Ralph Furzeman Stamp and Mary Grace Stamp, of Brixham, Devon. Commemorated: Liverpool Naval Memorial. Panel 21, Column 2.

SEAWARD

John Alfred

Fireman. H.M. Tug Saucy, Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). Died on 4th September 1940. Aged 35. Commemorated: Liverpool Naval Memorial. Panel 21, Column 2.

The other crew who lost their lives were

ANDERSON

Walter Henry

Sub-Lieutenant (E). H.M. Tug Saucy, Royal Naval Reserve. Died on 4th September 1940. Commemorated: Liverpool Naval Memorial. Panel 21, Column 2.

HOSIE

George

Sailor. H.M. Tug Saucy, Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). Died on 4th September 1940. Aged 19. Son of William McG. and Mary Ann C. Hosie, of Torry, Aberdeen. Commemorated: Liverpool Naval Memorial. Panel 21, Column 2.

JONES

Frederick Wyndham

Sub-Lieutenant (E), H.M. Tug Saucy, Royal Naval Reserve. Died 4th September 1940. Aged 53. Son of Herbert and Anne Jones; husband of Esther Jones, of Lampeter, Cardiganshire. Commemorated on Liverpool Naval Memorial. Panel 2., Column 2.

PHILLIPS

Francis (Douglas)

Sub-Lieutenant. H.M. Tug. Saucy, Royal Naval Reserve. Died on 4th September 1940. Aged 36. He was born Douglas Berry and adopted Wilfred Phillips taking the name Francis DOuglas Phillips. Buried: Edinburgh (Seafield) Cemetery. Ref. Sec. P. Grave 812.

REID

Donald McGregor

Fireman. H.M. Tug Saucy, Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). Died on 4th September 1940. Aged 25. Son of Donald Reid, (below), who perished with him. Commemorated: Liverpool Naval Memorial. Panel 21, Column 2.

REID

Donald

Steward 621892. H.M. Tug Saucy, Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). Died on 4th September 1940. Aged 51. His son, Donald McGregor Reid (above), perished with him. Commemorated: Liverpool Naval Memorial. Panel 21, Column 2.

STENHOUSE

John

Ship's Cook 650743. H.M. Tug Saucy, Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). Died on 4th September 1940. Aged 65. Son of Robert and Margaret Stenhouse. Commemorated: Liverpool Naval Memorial. Panel 21, Column 2.

THOMAS

David Llewellyn

Sub-Lieutenant. H.M. Tug Saucy, Royal Naval Reserve. Died on 4th September 1940. Aged 29. Son of John Thomas, and of Esther Thomas, of Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire. Buried: Edinburgh (Seafield) Cemetery. Ref. Sec. P. Grave 706.

TOMLINSON

Robert John

Sailor 193444. H.M. Tug Saucy, Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). Died on 4th September 1940. Aged 24. Son of Alfred Nathan Tomlinson and Isabella Tomlinson, of Hull. Commemorated: Liverpool Naval Memorial. Panel 21, Column 2.

Seven of the crew members were related.

Last updated 15 August, 2008

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