LITHERLAND AT WAR
1914—1918




 


Petty Officer Stoker
PETER CULSHAW 
1877—1918
 

Husband of Winifred Lavinia Culshaw of 3 Rose Hill, Stoke, Devonport
Son Henry and Margret Culshaw of Nelson Road, Litherland
Commemorated Plymouth Naval Memorial

H.M.S. " VEHEMENT "

Killed aboard HMS "Vehement" 2nd August 1918
Official RN stamp on service record
HMS "Vehement" was a 'V' Class Destroyer, built in 1917, launched on 6th July 1917 of 1,100 tons, 34 knots and a ship's complement of 135.

On the 1st August 1918 The 20th Destroyer Fleet sailed from the Humber to lay a minefield at the seaward end of one the German-swept channels through their minefield in the Heligoland Bight. All was going to plan and the force was within 20 miles of its objective when, at 23:47 hours, VEHEMENT struck a mine and exploded her forward magazine and blew off the whole forward section of the ship forward of the forward funnel. VEHEMENT was taken in tow by ABDIEL and after an hour or so, and when all fires had been extinguished, there seemed every hope of saving the ship. However, at 04:00 hours on the 2nd VEHEMENT’s stern suddenly rose into the air and it was clear that the tow could not be continued. After all hull valves had been opened and the survivors taken off, VEHEMENT was sunk by gunfire from TELEMACHUS and VANQUISHER.

Casualties: 1 officer and 47 ratings. Her official complement was 110.

SERVICE RECORD
282098 Petty Officer Stoker PETER CULSHAW
ENGAGEMENT
AGE
HEIGHT
HAIR
EYES
COMPLEXION
CHARACTER
24th April 1896
19
5' 7"
Dark Brown
Brown
Dark
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SHIPS & SHORE ESTABLISHMENTS SERVED:—
HMS "Vivid II"
Very Good
HMS "Terror"
Very Good
MEDALS & AWARDS
HMS "Pallas"
Very Good
Ship's Badges of HM Ships served aboard
1914-15
STAR
BRITISH WAR MEDAL
VICTORY MEDAL
RN LONG SERVICE & GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL
3 GOOD CONDUCT BADGES
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
RN LSGC Medal
HMS "Victory II"
Very Good
HMS "Renown"
Very Good
HMS "Arrogant"
Very Good
HMS "Leander"
Very Good
HMS "Sapphire"
Very Good
HMS "Blake"
V.G. Superior
HMS "Theseus"
V.G. Superior
HMS "Donegal"
V.G. Superior
HMS "Devonshire"
Very Good
HMS "Forth"
Information
not
available
HMS "Leander"
HMS "Dido"
HMS "Vehement"
Discharged Dead

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