HUDDLESTON Vernon

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PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL.

Vernon (Arthur) HUDDLESTON

Son of Arthur and Margaret Huddleston, of Queensbury.  Vernon served in the Royal Marines with the rank of Marine onboard HMS Penelope.  He died on 18th February 1944, aged 21.  Vernon is listed on the PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL.           

On 18th February 1944, Penelope, an Arethusa-class light cruiser under the command of Captain G. D. Belben, was leaving Naples to return to the Anzio area when she was torpedoed by a German U-boat.

A torpedo struck her in the after engine room and was followed sixteen minutes later by another torpedo that hit the after boiler room, causing her immediate sinking; 417 of the crew, including the Captain, went down with the ship, 206 survived.

PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL