Stoker 1st Class D/KX 101352, HMS Gloucester Royal Navy
Died 22 May 1941, aged 19
Remembered on Ash War Memorial
Remembered on the Plymouth Naval Memorial
Andrew Jeffery Murphy, who was known as Jeff, was the son of Andrew and Lillian Murphy. He was living in 46 Grange Cottages, College Road, when he left to join the Navy. When he went to war he had one brother and six sisters. He never knew that three more sisters were born after he lost his life. His brother was called Arthur and his sisters were Marjorie, Lilly, Peggy, Betty, Maureen, Janet, Patsy, Jeanie and Georgie.
He wrote on the back of this picture "All alone on the telephone".
Jeff Murphy lost his life when HMS Gloucester was sunk in the Battle of Crete. The 9,400 tons vessel HMS Gloucester, nicknamed "The Fighting G", was a Southampton Class cruiser built by Devonport Dockyard and completed on 31 January 1939. During the Battle of Crete, HMS Gloucester was attacked and sunk by about 200 German dive bombers whilst helping evacuate British troops from the island. Survivors were strafed and bombed in the water. Only 84 of the crew of 807 men survived in the water until the next day, when they were picked up by German vessels and taken to prisoner of war camps.
William Ives was also on HMS Gloucester.