1 Feb 1923 - 12 Feb 1944
Date added: 28 Aug 2014
My brother, William Rory Edwards, known to everyone as Rory, was born in Abersoch in North Wales on 1st February 1923. When he was 7 years old the family moved from Abersoch to the village of Portishead in North Somerset.
Rory joined St John Ambulance in his teens and became a dedicated first aider, working at Barrow Gurney Hospital near Bristol. He then joined the Royal Navy as a 'sick berth attendant' (now known as a Medical Assistant) and did his training in Plymouth. In the group picture he is fourth from the right in the back row.
Rory was sadly lost at sea aged just 21 when his ship, the SS Khedive Ismail, was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the Indian Ocean. The ship had been converted from a cruise liner to a troop ship in 1940, and carried out many successful missions before sinking within three minutes of being hit by two torpedoes on 12 February 1944. The sinking was the third largest loss of life from Allied Shipping in World War II.