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George William Blenkey

George Blenkey was born 1 May 1916 and attended the School between September 1928 and April 1931.

During World War II, George Blenkey served in the Royal Navy as Petty Officer Telegraphist aboard HMS Trinidad.

In March 1942 the ship was engaged against enemy aircraft & U-Boats when there occurred one of those evil quirks of fate.  A torpedo fired by Trinidad suffered a technical glitch, causing it to reverse its direction and head straight back towards the ship. It exploded on the port side and almost immediately flooded the compartment below with icy sea water and fuel oil, killing many of the crew. The ship was involved in more action as it tried to reach home waters but was eventually scuttled, on the orders of the Senior Naval Officer. At the mast head of HMS Trinidad was flying the Signal, ‘Am sailing to the Westward’.

The Plymouth Naval Memorial commemorates 7,251 sailors of the WWI and 15,933 of WWII who have no known grave but the sea. The names listed includes that of George Blenkey, aged 25.

His name is also recorded on the Grammar School’s War Honours Board — alongside the names of all of the Grammar School’s alumni to die in the First and Second World Wars.

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