Midshipman Alexander Davidson LATTEY

Reason: Lost at Sea (Drowned) off Aberdeen
Place:   Aboard HMS Hawke when it was sunk by German U-9
Date and age: 15 Oct 1914 | 17yrs
CWGC Cemetery:   Royal Naval Memorial, Chatham
Grave:   Panel 1
SWFHS Memorial: Southam
Unit: HMS Hawke
Regiment: Royal Navy
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
1911 Occupation:
Royal Navy Sailor

CWGC Page for Midshipman Lattey

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.

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