WALL Harry

LT/JX 261646 Seaman Harry WALL R.N.

Harry Wall was born 1920[1] the son of Thomas Edwin and Minnie Wall [nee Armstrong].  There were at least 3 children including Maggie born 13 August 1922.  In 1939, the family lived at 6 The Slack, Butterknowle and Thomas worked as a coal miner [hewer]. [2]  LT/JX 261646 Seaman Harry Wall RN Patrol Service serving aboard H.M. Trawler “Jasper” was killed in action 1 December 1942 aged 22.  HMT “Jasper”, under the command of Temporary Lieutenant William Thomason Hodson, RNVR was torpedoed and sunk by the German motor torpedo boat S-81 in the English Channel south of Bolt Head in position 50º10’N, 03º48’W.  Eleven men died in the sinking and there were 8 survivors which included the Commanding officer.[3]  Seaman Harry Wall is buried at grave reference A.1.3. Cockfield Cemetery [4] and is commemorated on the Butterknowle War Memorial and the memorial plaque in St. John the Evangelist Church, Lynesack.


[1] England & Wales Birth Index 1917-2007 Vol.10a p.597 Auckland 1920 Q3

[2] 1939 England & Wales Register

[3] https://uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/6359.html

[4] Commonwealth War Graves Commission