Stuart, Jackson - LH (E) who died this day - RFA Black Rover 2010.
Sk Fakir, Abdulrehman - Seaman 1 who died this day - RFA Fort Beauharnois 1961.
John, McClure - Seaman who died this day - RFA Wave Knight (1) 1949.
Francis Leo, Burns - 3rd Engineer Officer who died this day - RFA Appleleaf 1941.
Ships that have been requisitioned as auxiliaries
Official Number: 135156
Class: Stores Carrier / Armed Boarding Steamer
Builder: Sir Raylton Dixon & Co Ltd, Middlesbrough
Launched: 18 July 1912
Items of historic interest involving this ship: -
Background Data: One of an additional group of ships requisitioned by the Admiralty in WW1 to augment the ships of the RFA
18 July 1912 launched by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co Ltd, Middlesbrough as Yard Nr 572 named FAUVETTE for General Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London
November 1912 completed as a passenger / cargo vessel, carrying 106 passengers in one class on her owners’ London - Bordeaux Service
22 December 1912 sailed London for Bordeaux
1914 at the beginning of WW1 she was lying at Bordeaux when War was declared and brought the British Colony there back to England. She was used as a Despatch Vessel at the behest of the French Govt while they remained at Bordeaux
17 December 1914 berthed at London from Bordeaux
February 1915 requisitioned by the Admiralty for service as a Stores Ship and took the Boom defence to the island of Mudros and laid it at the approaches to the harbour
19 March 1915 became an Armed Boarding Steamer as HMS FAUVETTE . Her subsequent exploits included the bombardment of the Dardanelles, trooping to Suvla Bay and Helles, Salonica, Bulgaria and carrying refugee soldiers from Serbia to Corfu
24 May 1915 secured alongside HMS Vengenance at Mudros
6 August 1915 the 6th & 7th Battalions Royal Dublin Fusiliers boarded HMS Fauvette and three other ships and departed for Suvla Bay in Gallipoli, arriving at 4am the following morning. They disembarked 7 Aug 1915,
1916 Lieutenant Commander J T Wilson RNR in command
9 March 1916 while on her way home from Girgenti to London, she struck two mines in quick succession which had been laid by UC 7 (Oberleutnant zur See Georg Haag) off North Foreland and sank in four minutes in position 51.24N 01.29E with the loss of fourteen lives. The wreck remained pointing North and upright on the seabed until after the First World War when it was blown up as it was classed as a maritime shipping hazard with the demolition of the wreck leaving a field of debris on the seabed.
Those lost were
They are remembered with pride on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, the Chatham Naval Memorial and the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Able Seaman John Trainor was buried in Belfast (Milltown) Roman Catholic Cemetery
In addition Ty/Engineer Sub-Lieutenant Thomas Anderson Blackwood RNR is remembered on the University College Dundee Great War memorial