A WW1 Mercantile Marine War Medal, correctly impressed to: ALFRED H. KITCATT A unique name on all Merchant Navy records. Alfred Henry Kitcatt was a merchant mariner, born in Southampton on the 31st May 1886. He is listed as a'Fireman', thus worked inside the ships engine room and coal storage.
Alfred was assigned number 412982. The photograph taken in 1919 shows he was handsome chap, with a rather splendid'Buffalo Bill Cody' style moustache! His name features in the'National Roll Of The Great War' which confirms he had the misfortune of being sunk twice, whilst serving with the Britannic and the California.
Fireman, Merchant Service He volunteered in September 1914 and served in HMHS "Britannic" and HMT "California" on the high seas. He was on board both these vessels when they were torpedoed but fortunately was rescued on each occasion.
He was engaged in the carrying of troops and wounded throughout the war, and was demobilised in November 1919, holding the General Service and Mercantile Marine War Medals. The School House, Timsbury, near Romsey. Of the 30 who perished in the sinking; 5 Fireman were injured and 8 Fireman were killed. Alfred Kitcatt was serving as a Fireman at his time and it is thus more than likely he witnessed the injury and death of the Britannic's boiler and coal crew. HMHS Britannic was mined and sunk on the 21st November 1916.
In the Zea Chennel in the Aegean Sea. She sank in 55 minutes. She had on board 625 crew and 500 medical staff.
There was no sick or wounded. 30 died and 45 were injured.The weather was fine and the sea smooth. The steering gear soon failed, however and navigation became impossible because of rapid filling of the forward holds and boiler rooms. Captain Bartlett remained at his post until all on board has left in the 35 lifeboats. Many claimed it had been torpedoed but in reality a mine laid by the submarine U-73 Korv Kapt Gustav Siess was credited with the sinking. The Britannic was one of the two unlucky sisters of the great White Star Line trio. The Olympic, the Titanic and the Britannic. Britannic was the largest of the of the three, 48,158 gross tons.
She would have been about 50,000 tons when fitted as intended as a North Atlantic liner. When the Britannic was mined, the area the area of damage was roughly the same size of that sustained by the Titanic when it hit an iceberg. The bulkhead was inspected in 1976; Britannic is lying on her starboard side in about 375 feet of water. The port side hull plates are bent outwards indicating a large internal explosion probably from the coal reserve locker.Her loss, along with the Titanic was something that the White Star Line never really recovered from. Do not miss out on this rare opportunity to acquire an official government issued medal, to a prestigious White Star Line crewman and rock solid'RMHS Brittanic' province. Please understand that the Captain DID NOT have to climb the ladders out of the engine room to escape the blast and flooding created by the explosion of the mine. NIETHER DID HE watch his friends die from the engine room when the ships propellers smashed the life boat containing the engine crew.
A rare and desirable medal at a mere fraction of the price you will pay for it in London. The item "WW1 BRITISH MERCANTILE MARINE MEDAL HMHS BRITANNIC WHITE STAR LINE SURVIVOR" is in sale since Monday, May 29, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectables\Militaria\World War I (1914-1918)\Medals/ Ribbons".The seller is "warwickyeo" and is located in Lincolnshire. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom, United States, Canada.