George William H. Sentance

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Number: K/34787                                           Unit: Royal Navy.

Rank: Stoker 1st Class                              Commemorated:
                                                             Chatham Memorial, Kent.

PERSONAL DETAILS.

Very little is known about George.  He was the Son of William and Sarah Sentance who lived at Alford Road, Mablethorpe.  He was born at Somersby and was the brother of Charles Edward Sentance who is also commemorated on the memorial.  He  was 23 years old when he died in March 1918.

SERVICE DETAILS.

It is unclear if George was a pre-war regular sailor or if he was swept to the colours on the tide of national patriotism and spirit which gripped the nation during 1914 - 1918.  What is certain, George found himself in the Royal Navy.  It is unusual to find a rural volunteer being placed into this arm of the services, unless a specific request for this to happen was given to the authorities.

George found himself serving aboard H.M.S. Gaillardia.  Again there is doubt if this was George’s only ship - it was, sadly, his last. H.M.S. Gaillardia was a Sloop of the Flower class. All vessels in this class were built on contract, along merchant ship lines, to facilitate production.  The 72 vessels of the Acacia, Azalea and Arabis types, which formed the class, were similar in their warship appearance only differing primarily in variations of armament. The first two types were fitted as minesweepers and were shared between the Grand Fleet, Queenstown and the Mediterranean.  H.M.S. Gaillardia, being approximately 1250 tons, was built by Blyth SB and launched on the 19th May 1917, as a minesweeper.  She met her fate when she was hit by a mine off the Orkneys during the night of the 22nd - 23rd March 1918.  Her armament consisted of 2 x 4in and 1 x 3pdr AA guns.

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