Midshipman Philip Malet de Carteret

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    liverpool annie New Member

    In Memory of

    H.M.S. "Queen Mary.", Royal Navy
    who died age 18
    on 31 May 1916
    Son of Reginald and Amy Malet de Carteret, of St. Ouen's Manor Jersey Channel Islands.

    Remembered with honour

    Midshipman Philip Malet de Carteret
    23rd January 1898-31st May 1916

    At 4.26pm on 31st May, 1916, a terrific explosion occurred on the British battle-cruiser, HMS Queen Mary, at the beginning of the greatest of modern sea battles of the 20th century - Jutland. One and a half minutes later, the ship sank with a complement of 1,266 officers and crew, of which there were 20 survivors. Philip Malet de Carteret was not one of them.

    Born in Sydney, Australia on 23rd January, 1898, Philip was the eldest son of Jurat Reginald Malet de Carteret (1865-1935), Seigneur of St. Ouen's Manor in Jersey. He was educated at Ebor Preparatory School in Lausanne (1907) and Mr Rhodes' Mottingham and Eltham College, before entering RNC Osborne in 1911. He took first prize in French on leaving for RNC Dartmouth in 1913 to take his Midshipman's course.

  2. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    Officers and Men Killed in Action H.M.S. Queen Mary Jutland Bank 31st May 1916.

    Extract from the Official History; " Naval Operations" by Sir Julian S. Corbett. 1923

    .....For Admiral Hipper was in action again. At 4.10, being then eleven miles away abaft the beam of the Lion, he inclined inwards a couple of points, and as Admiral Beatty simultaneously altered still more to port to press his van, he was able at 4.17 to re-open fire at extreme range. The Lion had not yet been able entirely to master the fire that was smothering her. To the Germans she must have been invisible, for the Derfflinger, mistaking the Princess Royal for the flagship, began firing on the next astern, which the Seydlitz was also engaging. Thus the Queen Mary, at from 15,800 to 14,500 yards, became the target of both these ships. For about five minutes she stood it gallantly. She was fighting splendidly. The Germans say full salvoes were coming from her with fabulous rapidity. Twice already she had been straddled by the Derfflinger, when at 4.26 a plunging salvo crashed upon her deck forward. In a moment there was a dazzling flash of red flame where the salvo fell, and then a much heavier explosion rent her amidships. Her bows plunged down, and as the Tiger and New Zealand raced by her to port and starboard, her propellers were still slowly revolving high in the air. In another moment, as her two consorts were smothered in a shower of black debris, there was nothing of her left but a dark pillar of smoke rising stemlike till it spread hundreds of feet high in the likeness of a vast palm tree. Two such successes were beyond anything the Germans had reason to expect. Admiral Scheer's plan had broken down, and yet they were gaining even more than he could have hoped for......

    Foot Note: "The casualties were 57 officers and 1,209 men killed; 2 officers and 5 men wounded. One officer and one man were subsequently rescued by German destroyers."


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