Midshipman Alexander Davidson LATTEY
|Born:||24 Jul 1897 at Southam
|Baptised:||28 Sep 1897 at Southam St. James|
|Parents:||Walter Charles and Amy Grace Lattey [nee Davidson]
|1901 Address:||Hammerfest, Wood Street, Southam
|1911 Address:||Royal Naval College, Cowes, IoW
||Royal Navy Sailor
In October 1914, the 10th Cruiser Squadron was deployed further south in the North Sea as part of efforts to stop German warships from attacking a troop convoy from Canada. On 15 October, the squadron was on patrol off Aberdeen, deployed in line abreast at intervals of about 10 miles. Hawke stopped at 9:30 am to pick up mail from sister ship Endymion. After recovering her boat with the mail, Hawke proceeded at 13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph) without zig-zagging to regain her station, and was out of sight of the rest of the Squadron when at 10:30 a single torpedo from the German submarine U-9 (which had sunk three British cruisers on 22 September), struck Hawke, which quickly capsized. The remainder of the squadron only realised anything was amiss, when, after a further, unsuccessful attack on Theseus, the squadron was ordered to retreat at high speed to the northwest, and no response to the order was received from Hawke.