SHARP Herbert

PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

Herbert SHARP

Son of J. Herbert Sharp and Hannah Sharp; husband of Mary Sharp, of Jump, Yorkshire.  Herbert served in the Royal Navy as a Cook onboard HMS Culver.

He died on 31st January 1942, aged 24 and is listed on the PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL.

James Herbert and Hannah can be found on the 1939 England and Wales Register living on Moor Street, Queensbury, they are also known to have also lived on Gothic Street.

United States Coastguard Cutter Mendota was transferred to the Royal Navy in 1941 under the UK/USA Lease-Lend Agreement and renamed HMS Culver.

Sailing from Bathurst, Gambia to Londonderry in convoy SL-98 she was hit by two torpedoes fired from U-105 at 23:31hrs.  Hit on the port side in the forward boiler room, further aft and causing the after-magazine to detonate, HMS Culver broke in two and sank in a minute.  The commander, seven officers and 119 ratings were lost. One officer and twelve ratings were rescued by HMS Londonderry. 

PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL