D/SKX 47 Stoker 2nd Class Ernest James Morey of the Royal Navy, HMS Neptune*. Son of Frederick and Ethel Morey of Bridestowe. Born in Totnes in the June Quarter of 1922. Died 19 December 1941 aged 19.
Neptune ran into an uncharted minefield and sank with the loss of 764 Officers and men. One man, Able Seaman Norman Walton, managed to stay alive in the water for five days and was rescued eventually by an Italian Torpedo boat before being sent to an Italian PoW camp where he remained for 15 months. He was finally repatriated in 1943. If you go to the Neptune site
you can read his amazing story. Neptune's Captain remained on the bridge and was able to flash a warning to "keep away" signal before Neptune keeled over and sank.