Brigstocke, William George Player (1910-1940)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: William George Player Brigstocke (1910-1940), born in Ferryside, Carmarthenshire on 14 June 1910, son of George Robert Brigstocke and Anna Cecilia Brigstocke of Robert's Rest, Ferryside, Carmarthenshire. Married to Gladys Veronica Brigstocke (nee Wigram), of Weybridge, Surrey.
Attended Winton House School, Winchester, Hampshire.
Attended Sherborne School (Westcott House) May 1924-April 1928.
Studied engineering at Owens College, Manchester, 1930-1933.
Motor omnibus business.
WW2, Lieutenant, HMS Foylebank, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR). Killed in action on HMS Foylebank at Portland, Dorset, on 4 July 1940, aged 30.
Ryde Borough Cemetery, Isle of Wight, Sec. A. Old Portion. Grave 77/78 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2351141/BRIGSTOCKE,%2...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance.
'William George Player Brigstocke, Lieutenant, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. William was born on 14 June 1910, the son of George Robert (Lord of the Manor of Ryde) and Anna Cecilia Brigstocke of Roberts Rest, Carmarthen. In 1938 he became the husband of Gladys Veronica Wigram, of Weybridge, Surrey. William was educated at Sherborne, and at Manchester University, where he studied as an Electrical Engineer, and joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve around 1930, ending up serving aboard H.M.S. Foylebank. The Foylebank was a converted 5,500 ton merchant ship of the Bank Line, and had been launched in 1930. She was requisitioned in September 1939, shortly after war broke out, and converted into an anti-aircraft ship. She arrived in Portland on 9 June 1940 for work-up followed by anti-aircraft duties. On 4 July 1940, whilst the bulk of her crew were at breakfast, unidentified aircraft were reported to the south. They were mistakenly identified as friendlies returning to base, but turned out to be 26 of the German's most feared aircraft, the JU87 Stuka dive bomber, heading towards the Foylebank. The ship fought back, shooting down three Stukas, but 22 bombs found their mark and her guns were put out of action. Fires raged, electricity failed and the stricken ship listed to port, shrouded in smoke. She finally sank on 5 July 1940. William was wounded in the attack, and died of wounds that day, on 4 July 1940. He was 30 years old and is buried at Ryde Borough Cemetery, in the family grave. During the gallant defence of the ship Leading seaman Jack Mantle, one of the Ack-Ack gunners, received the Victoria Cross for gallantry, for staying at his post, even after suffering terrible injuries.'