Maurice Barker – Ordinary Seaman C/JX353326

Maurice was born 12th January 1923
He was the son of John (died 7th July 1973) and Ada Barker nee Hicks who were Married Q4 1920
He served in Royal Navy on HMS Blean

HMS Blean was a Type III Hunt-class destroyer of the Royal Navy. She was named after the Blean Beagles Hunt at the village of Blean just north of Canterbury. She had the shortest career of any of the Hunt-class destroyers.
Built at Hebburn-on-Tyne by Hawthorn Leslie, she was laid down on 22 February 1941, launched on 15 January 1942 and commissioned on 23 August 1942
After working up at Scapa Flow followed by some repairs on the Thames she escorted a convoy to Gibraltar arriving on 2 November 1942. She then joined the 58th Destroyer Division escorting Operation Torch convoys. While escorting the British convoy MKF-4 off the Algerian coast, Blean was torpedoed by U-443 on 11 December 1942 11 miles (18 km) north-west of Oran. The U-boat aimed one torpedo against her and then one against the convoy, but both hit Blean and she sank within four minutes with the loss of 89 men.91 men survived.
A memorial to her was unveiled in the church of St. Cosmus and St. Damian in the village of Blean on 10 December 2006.
Link to Service History of HMS Blean

Map of where she was sunk

HMS Blean Crew List

Date of death 11th December 1942 aged 19

Chatham Naval Memorial
Medway Unitary Authority
Kent, England
Plot: 57 1.