Lt. Richard Lloyd Aubrey Underwood MC, N Lancs

1894 Mar 20. Born Caistor, Lincolnshire,

1901 census at Somerby Hall, Lincolnshire. (demolished in 1964)

1911 Census. 262 Fulham Rd, South Kensington

1915 Sep 6. Arrived in UK from British Guiana. He is a Planter.

1915 Sep 22. Gazetted 2nd Lt in Loyal N Lancs Regt

1916 May 23 Landed in Mesopotamia

1917 Jul 1. Temp. 2nd Lt. R. L. A. Underwood, M.C. , from N.Lan.R.(attd.), to be temp. Lt. , and to be actg. Capt., with pay and allces.of Lt. while actg. Adjt . 5 Nov. 1917 t o 27 Nov. 1917

1917 Jun 20 MC Gazetted For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When cut off from all help and attacked by overwhelming numbers, he held out for many hours, and eventually succeeded in joining up with another party

1919 Oct 31 Left UK for Demarera, British Guiana. Ex Ministry of Shipping. Unclear whether he took the ship in the end.

1920 Aug 27. Joined ADRIC with service no 394. Posted to Depot Coy

1920 Sep 17. Resigned from ADRIC

1920 Nov. Appointment as Civil Servant in Nigeria

1922 Oct 2. Arrived in UK from Nigeria. Civil Servant

1925 Mar 21. Left UL for Iddo, Nigeria.Civil Servant. Travels 1st class.

1927 Mar 23. Left UK for Port Harcourt, Nigeria. "political officer"

1929 Apr 17. Left UK for Port Harcourt, Nigeria. "civil servant"

1930 Oct 1. Left Uk for Port Harcourt, Nigeria. "civil servant"

1932 Oct 5. Left UK for Apapa, Nigeria. "civil servant"

1934 Sep 26. Left UK for Apapa, Nigeria. "administration officer"

1940 Aug 31 Leaves UK for Lagos. Civil Servant

1943 Jul 11 Civilian War dead on SS California . CWGC . Son of the late Capt. C. F. Weston Underwood, of The Maltings, Aldham, Colchester, Essex.

In 1939 the SS California was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an Armed Merchant Cruiser, and from 1942 she was a troopship. On 8 July 1943 the small fast Convoy Faith, comprising Port Fairy, the troopships Duchess of York and California, and escorted by the destroyer HMS Douglas and frigate HMS Moyola, sailed Port Glasgow, Scotland, for Freetown, Sierra Leone. On the evening of 10 July the convoy rendezvoused with the Canadian destroyer HMCS Iroquois 500 miles (800 km) WSW of Land's End. On 11 July 1943 when about 300 miles (480 km) west of Vigo, Spain, the convoy was attacked by three Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 40 from Merignac near Bordeaux. Focke Wulf Fw200 Accurate high-altitude bombing left Duchess of York and California in flames. The attack cost the lives of 46 servicemen and crew, and both ships were abandoned. It was feared the flames from the ships would attract U-boats, so in the early hours of 12 July they were sunk by Royal Navy torpedoes



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