Albert Richard Cornish, RNR

Born   1899Grangetown, Cardiff, Glamorganshire
Died   1959(60)Holderness, Yorkshire, England


28 Feb 1940 T/Lt.


Warship Commands listed for Albert Richard Cornish, RNR

HMS Leicester City (FY 223)T/Lt.ASW Trawler18 Mar 1940Feb 1941
HMS Northern Pride (FY 105)T/Lt.ASW Trawler13 Nov 194110 Sep 1942

Career information

Albert was one of six sons of Robert Haddock Cornish and Ellen Louisa Cornish (nee Saddler).

He played rugby union for Cardiff RFC and was brother to Robert Arthur Cornish who was a Welsh rugby union international (1923-1926) and captain his country twice (in 1925 and 1926). They were nephews to Frederick Henry Cornish who was also a Welsh rugby union international (1897-1899).

Albert married Elsie Margaret Frost in 1918 in Sculcoates, Hull, Yorkshire, and together they had six children; Dennis, Alwyne, Neil, Alan, Ralph, and Judith.

He was Commended for brave conduct and awarded The Medal of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for Meritorious Service in 1945.

This was when the vessel under his command, HMT Kingston Onyx H365, encountered an enemy submarine. They attempted to ram the U Boat twice. (Ref. Gazette Issue 37219 published on the 10 August 1945.)

Events related to this officer

ASW Trawler HMS Leicester City (FY 223)

4 May 1940
HMS Leicester City (T/Lt. A.R. Cornish, RNR) picks up 40 survivors from the British tanker San Tiburcio that was sunk 4 nautical miles south-east of Tarbett Ness, Moray Firth in position 57°46'N, 03°45'W after hitting a mine laid on 10 February 1940 by German U-boat U-9.

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