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WWI WAR MEDAL TO A.B. G.T. ADAMS, R.N. (K.I.A. 1914 H.M.S. ABOUKIR)

** NEW ** WWI War Medal to 205993 G.T. Adams, A.B., R.N.
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George Thomas Adams was born on 16 June 1883 in Portslade, Sussex and worked as an errand boy before joining the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class from 1 Feb 1903 and serving aboard a host of ships including H.M.S. Repulse in 1906, fatefully joining the crew of H.M.S. Aboukir on 2 Aug 1914. On 22 Sep 1914, Adams was on Aboukir and the first ship of what was to become known infamously the 'Livebait Squadron' to be hit by German submarine U9. She spotted the three British ships at 06:00 hrs  and fired her first torpedo at 06:20 hrs from a range of 550 yds from Aboukir, striking her on the starboard side. No submarines had been sighted, so Captain J.E. Drummond presumed she had struck a mine and sought help from the other cruisers. After 25 minutes, Aboukir capsized and sank. Adams was one of the 527 men lost from HMS Aboukir. He is remembered at Chatham Naval Memorial. Steamers and trawlers had managed to rescue a total of 837 men, while 1397 men and 62 officers were lost. The disaster had a profound negative impact on the reputation on the British Royal Navy at the start of the war.

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