Crew list of Ships hit by U-boats

Richard Hamilton Ayres

Merchant Navy. British

Died   1992

Photo courtesy of Hugh Ferguson


18 Nov 1941Lloyd's War Medal
18 Nov 1941MBE

Roster information listed for Richard Hamilton Ayres

ShipTypeRank / roleAttacked onBoat
GairsoppaSteam merchantSecond Officer17 Feb 1941U-101 (1)

Personal information

Richard Hamilton Ayres survived the sinking of Gairsoppa and almost drowned when his lifeboat capsized in the surf off The Lizard, Cornwall. Ayres was rescued unconscious by the coastguard Brian Richards after he was alerted by three evacuee schoolgirls who saw the lifeboat sink. He returned to sea after 9 months and later joined the RNR.

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