A.B. Appleby. C.

  • RankAble Seaman Service
  • NoD/JX 199890
  • Date of Death07/02/1941
  • Age22
  • Regiment/ServiceRoyal Navy SS Bay Fisher.
  • Panel ReferencePanel 46, Column 2.
Christopher Appleby Portrait Photo
Able Seaman Christopher Appleby

Christopher lived at 121 Hindle House Arcola Street Hackney with his brother and parents. He worked in a corn chandler’s establishment named Catchpoles prior to being conscripted into the Royal Navy. He trained at HMS President 111 in Bristol and was deployed as a DEMS (Defensively Equipped Merchant Ship) Gunner aboard the British steamer SS Bay Fisher in 1941. The ship was bound from Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands to Rosyth with a cargo of 200 tons of government stores. The Bay Fisher was armed with a Lewis gun and a Holman projector and was depermed. It left Scapa on Thursday 6th February 1941 to join convoy WN 80 and proceeded without incident until 10.20am on Friday 7th February when 3 ½ miles North East of Bell Rock the ship was hit by two bombs dropped by an enemy aircraft and sunk in 6 minutes. Of the ship’s crew, eight were lost including Christopher Appleby, there were four survivors who were rescued by the patrol ship Heliopolis and taken to hospital.

Christopher is remembered on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

Image of British steamer SS Bay Fisher
British steamer SS Bay Fisher