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Herbert Charles Toghill

Surname

Christian Names

Service Number

Rank

Regiment

Toghill Herbert Charles 7398993 Pte Royal Army Medical Corps

Born

Age

Enlisted at

Address

  34    

Date of Death

Where killed

Cause of Death

12/02/1944 Off Ceylon Killed in action - ship torpedoed

Cemetery

Plot

Country

East Africa Memorial Column 8 Kenya

Next of Kin

Next of kin address

Town

Christine Toghill   Chippenham

Notes

Toghill's name was added to the War Memorial in 2006

Son of Joseph and Lilian Bird; husband of Christine Toghill, of Chippenham, Wiltshire.

Lost in SS Khedive Ismail (London).

Egyptian transport of 7,513 tons requisitioned by the British for use as a troopship while docked at Bombay in 1940. Sister ship to the Mohamed Ali el-Kebir, the vessel was carrying 1,511 returning service personnel including 178 ships crew, 996 officers and men of the 301st Field Regiment, East African Artillery, 271 Royal Navy personnel and a detachment of 19 British Wrens. Also on board were 53 nursing sisters with one matron and 9 WTS girls (Women's Transport Service, East Africa). While returning from Colombo, Ceylon, in convoy KR-8, the ship was torpedoed in the Indian Ocean at 14.33 hours. It took only 1 minute 40 seconds for the ship to sink taking 1,297 of her passengers and crew with her. There were 214 survivors including only six female passengers from the vessel, a victim of the Japanese submarine I-27 commanded by Lt-Cdr Fukumura. This was the greatest maritime tragedy involving female service personnel in British naval history. The I-27 was hiding under survivors and flotsam but priority lay in destroying the submarine rather than rescuing survivors and so a depth charge attack was made, unfortunately killing some of the survivors in the water. The I-27 was later blown apart by torpedoes fired from two of the escort destroyers, HMS Petard and HMS Paladin.

George Duncan's Maritime Disasters of World War II http://members.iinet.net.au/~gduncan/maritime-1b.html#maritime_disasters_1944

Memorials Commemorated on:

Chippenham Town War Memorial

Yes

Photos courtesy of FS Richard Evans RAF, DRAFLO, Nairobi

Last updated - 14/01/2011

 

 


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