1914/15 Trio And Navy LSGC , Commended For Services After Q Ship Sinking
1914/15 Trio 175194 T SIMS CPO RN , Navy LSGC ( EdVII ) 175194 THOMAS SIMS PO 1CL HMS CUMBERLAND
Thomas Sims from Hapleton joined the Royal Navy in 1896 aged 16, he served on numerous ships during his service and was commended for " good work performed on the occasion of the torpedoeing of the Q27 on the 13th of March 1917 and subsequently during the four days on which he was in charge of the starboard lifeboat of the ship in question "
HMS Warner was the Q Ship Q27
From a German newspaper report
The sinking of a British
''trap ship" . by a Geman U-boat ( U61) is de-.
scribed as follows by the Tamburg
On a westward run from the coast,
in order to lie in wait-for the ships des- .
tined for England, one of our U-boats,,
towards 9 o'clock in the morning of a cold
March day sighted. a smallish steamer. of.
about 1500 tons approaching with an east
.ward course, which excited remark not
only by her high bridge and highs deck
erections, but also by the meaningless deviations
from her route .and her wild zig
zag course.. The submarine put the last
torpedo .into the tube for the attack, and
only now and again popped the conning
tower for a few moments above the surface
, in order not to betray itself to the
suspicious steamer, which was approaching
at about 12 knots. In spite of :the continual change of
course, it was possible to :get the enemy
within range, and the . torpedo : was
launched without being noticed. It had
scarcely penetrated with a powerful detonation
into the centre of the steamer when
she began to sink ,.and after a second explosion
in the boiler house she disappeared,
in less than three minutes.
The large number of. the crew standing
ion deck, who only succeeded, in spite
of the utmost exertions, in lowering one
boat to the water, seemed to confirm the
suspicion that this was a U-boat trap. In
order to ascertain if this was so the U Boat went up to the survivors, who
were drifting about on the water, and
fished out six men, who were clinging
half benumbed to planks. 'The men were
very well dressed and had a good military
carriage, to which one is not usually accustomed
in mercantile ships.
"According to their statements the
steamer was bound from Africa to England
After denying it for a long time,
they at last admitted that they belonged
to the navy. The sunk ship was, they
said, the U-boat trap Q27, H.M.S. Warner,
and the captain and all the officers had
perished in the boiler explosion.
Medals are loose and in NEF condition