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Charlotte's Lad
Able Seaman


Submarine G7, Royal Navy
1916
David James Thomas & Charlotte Beat McIntosh
Able Seaman 197451
Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, R.N.
H.M. S/m, Royal Navy
who died on
Friday, 1st November 1918, age 36

Lost in the North Sea Naval War, All Hands
Son of David Price Thomas and Caroline Fisher Thomas, of Bank Cottage Farm, Burry Port, Carmarthenshire; husband of Charlotte Bett Thomas, of 7, Hill St., Dundee
Entered into the Royal Navy as “Boy Service”
Middleweight Boxing Champion Royal Navy 1909
Portsmouth and Dundee Submarine Base
Remembered with Honour
PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon, United Kingdom
The Memorial is situated centrally on The Hoe which overlooks directly towards Plymouth Sound.
 It is accessible at all times


 

Eternal Father, Strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless
wave,
Who bids the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep:
O hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea. 

O Christ, the Lord of hill and plain
O’er which our traffic runs a main
By mountain pass or valley low:
Wherever, Lord, our brethren go,
Protect them by Thy guarding hand
From every peril on the land

O spirit, whom the Father sent
To spread abroad the firmament:
O Wind of heaven, by Thy might
Save all who dare the eagle’s flight,
And keep them by Thy watchful care
From every peril in the air.

O Trinity of love and power,
Our brethren shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe’er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad praise from air and land and   
  sea.  Amen.

§§§§§

§David James Thomas perished with the full complement of 30 serving on board HM S/m G7, Pennant  IA9, launched 14 March 1916:  lost in the North Sea, at Scapa Flow, 1st November 1918, nine days before the Armistice, of “unknown causes”,  the last British submarine to be lost to enemy action in the Great War.  (This charcoal and ink drawing, ca. 1916, by one of David James’ crewmates, of the G8 is part of a suite of lost World War I crafts including HMS Bulwark and HMS Andania now in the possession of his granddaughter, Charlotte Alvoet Bleh, Phoenix, Arizona§


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