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The text below gives a summary of the conflict (i.e. war), event or incident that resulted in deaths in the Borough or abroad. On the right are listed the individual events and incidents, such as battles or air raids. For each conflict the total number of casualties are given, whereas for each event or incident the names of those who died are listed in alphabetical order.

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Details for: Sinking of HMS Rawalpindi


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The HMS Rawalpindi was a passenger liner converted into an armed merchant cruiser (AMC). In November 1939 she was on station in the North Atlantic, protecting the northern sea-lanes. On 23rd November 1939, 80 miles southeast of Iceland, she encountered the DKM BB Scharnhorst and DKM BB Gneisenau. Ignoring requests from the Scharnhorst to surrender, her Captain (Kennedy – father of the broadcaster Ludovic Kennedy) decided to engage both ships. Within fifteen minutes the Rawalpindi had been sunk with the loss of 238 lives. 26 men were rescued by the German ships and a further 11 by the Royal Navy.


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