Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tribute Paid to a Tragic Uncle; Sailor's Keepsakes Feature in Exhibition

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tribute Paid to a Tragic Uncle; Sailor's Keepsakes Feature in Exhibition

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TYNESIDE exile Kathleen Stewart made an emotional trip home to see tribute paid to her uncle who was a 19-year-old victim of the war at sea.

Richard Simpson, who lived in Edith Street in North Shields, was just 18 when he served on the cruiser HMS Hampshire. It was lost in 1916 when carrying Secretary of State for War Lord Kitchener on a mission to Russia.

A total of 643 men went down with the ship but Richard was one of only 12 survivors who spent four hours in a storm-lashed sea before struggling ashore on the Orkney Islands.

But a year later Richard died when his next ship, the armed merchantman SS Thames, was torpedoed.

Richard had been logged from the SS Thames sinking by the Tynemouth World War I Commemoration Project, which is building up details on 1,670 names on a roll of honour of those lost as a result of the First World War in the old borough of Tynemouth. Kathleen, who is from Whitley Bay but now lives near Nottingham, read about the project when on holiday in Bamburgh. …

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